By Damien Hugoo, Director, Product Marketing

Damien Hugoo is a seasoned technology professional with 10 years of experience in creating, building and deploying digital software products for the financial services industry. Today, Damien serves as Director of Product Marketing at Easy Solutions, where he defines the go-to-market and messaging of the most innovative fraud prevention and detection solutions available on the market.
Prior to Easy Solutions, Damien held product management roles at FIS, the world’s top provider of banking technology, where he most recently lead all aspects of product management for 2 online banking products that served over 600 financial institutions in North America.

LastPass Hack

Silver Linings to LastPass Hack

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Last night, password management company LastPass notified users in a blog post that it had been the target of a hack that accessed users’ email addresses, encrypted master passwords, and reminder words and phrases the service asks users to create for those master passwords.

In general, we are not a fan of password management tools. While they provide convenience, a central repository of any sensitive data is always going to garner greater attention from hackers.

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OPM Breach

OPM Breach: From Bad to Worse

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Last week, millions of government employees were probably quite nervous to hear that their personal data had been stolen by hackers (likely from China), who gained access to a trove of data from the Office of Personnel Management. This week, the same office is opening up even more government employees to more risk, based on their response to the breach. The OPM announced that they will notify all impacted individuals by email, which makes not only the affected individuals, but also anyone else who is worried that they might be affected, now a ripe target for a phishing attack.

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Mobile Payment Apps

Can Smartphones Solve ATM Skimming?

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ATM skimming remains a big business for organized crime rings. According to a recent article in ATMMarketplace.com, card skimming accounted for more than $2 billion in losses. One new approach that banks are exploring to mitigate this particular vector of fraud, is the notion of using smartphones as a second Read more

DID

DetectID Now Offers Transaction Signing and Push Authentication for Windows Phone and Blackberry

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With iOS and Android’s dominance in the mobile operating system market, it can be easy to overlook that a still-significant portion of the world’s smartphone and tablet owners use other operating systems. Windows Phone and Blackberry are not as popular in the US as iOS or Android, but their usage is considerably more common in many European, Asian and Latin American countries. This proportion of Windows Phone and Blackberry users also rises significantly higher when focusing on the enterprise and government sectors, where tight security and lack of exposure to malware is held in higher esteem compared to the general population. The tendency is for many major app developers is to concentrate on iOS and Android and let other mobile operating system applications languish for months without updates. But financial institutions should resist this temptation, not only because it leaves a chunk of customers with no way to securely perform mobile transactions, but also because it denies banks a way to offer these customers value-added activities that can generate revenue. Read more

DID

DetectID Expands Frictionless Mobile Authentication and Enrollment Capabilities

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DetectID, Easy Solutions’ flexible authentication platform, just made strong mobile authentication for businesses and their users even simpler. The newest version of DetectID expands the functionality of the SDK-based mobile authentication solution. Mobile Authentication is built from the ground up to provide frictionless authentication using native push notifications, soft token and QR Code. The new features in the latest edition of DetectID include: Read more

Apple Pay Security

Using Smart Phones to Improve Bank and Apple Pay Security

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In the last two days, we have seen a lot of media coverage around Apple Pay being used for fraudulent activities by criminals with stolen identities and credit cards. The news were first reported by The Guardian. Many of the articles highlight that fraud is stemming from a back door in the activation process called the “yellow path”. The yellow path is the process by which the bank can put the card activation on hold to do additional verifications. Read more

Same Day ACH

How Same-Day ACH Transactions Will Affect Your Fraud Prevention Operations

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The implementation of same-day Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions has been getting a good amount of media attention lately. In a letter to NACHA (the Electronic Payments Association) on February 4, the American Bankers Association expressed their support for a proposal to implement same-day ACH transactions. ABA believes that widespread adoption of same-day ACH transactions represents a fundamental step to promote faster payments across the entire industry, as it would level the competitive playing field for all financial institutions while allowing account holders to benefit from expedited settlement. Read more

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Fraud Intelligence Report Templates Now Available with Detect Monitoring Service

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Fraud managers spend a staggering amount of time making sense of the data resulting from fraud intelligence tools. The newest version of our proactive fraud intelligence and brand protection solution, Detect Monitoring Service, now allows fraud managers to build customized reports with all of the anti-fraud information that Detect Monitoring Service collects, personalized to meet their specific needs. Read more

EMV Year

Happy New EMV Year – Get Ready for the Transitional Ride, and More Online Fraud!

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Happy New EMV Year! That’s right, 2015 marks the beginning of a big year for the retail and payment industry as it marches toward the mandatory October 1, 2015 deadline for EMV implementation in an effort to help reduce fraud in the U.S. Given some of the major retail breaches over the last year, many feel this deadline can’t come soon enough. However, this transition will be an enormous one, and many expect to see several hiccups, or in the spirit of the season, a few holiday bulbs broken, along the way. Read more

Push Authentication Gets More Secure and Convenient

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The latest release of Easy Solutions’ DetectID authentication platform has enhanced its push authentication technology to include more options and features, making it the most convenient, intelligent and trusted mobile two-factor solution on the market. The new features in this latest version include: Read more