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Zero Sign-On Authentication


MachCloud is the first provider of its kind to introduce Zero Sign-On Authentication (and why that is a big deal)

Getting rid of passwords is the best way of keeping them out of criminals’ hands. Introducing Zero Sign-On, also known as passwordless authentication method, increases security by preventing incidents caused by weak, stolen or leaked passwords. It also reduces administration hassle by automating the login process. This article describes the introduction of Zero sign-on at MachCloud, and why we believe you should start using passwordless authentication as soon as possible.


We all want to be safer online. Passwords are a weak link in online security. Passwords can be guessed, stolen from the company’s server, leaked from a device or compromised if users share them.

By adopting passwordless technology based on private keys, user keys cannot be guessed or shared between users. Private keys cannot be stolen by hacking into a company’s server or database and the method is resistant to phishing attempts because they’re all unique to websites. They can’t be used on fraudulent lookalike sites.


Why is it needed?
Today we use multi-factor authentication and password managers storing new usernames/passwords for every login. Unfortunately, this means more hassle and isn’t sufficient as a measure to avoid security breaches. Increasing malware attacks, social engineering scams, and password sharing results in tens of billions of login credentials being exposed by data breaches. Passwordless authentication is necessary to keep criminals from taking over accounts using stolen username and password combinations.

How does Zero Sign-on Authentication actually work?
When you connect to a secure website, your browser and the server exchange encrypted messages to keep your communication private. This encryption is made possible through the use of cryptographic keys. Think of cryptographic keys as a pair of locks and keys. Just as you can unlock a lock with its corresponding key, encrypted data can only be decrypted with the corresponding cryptographic key. When you establish a secure connection, your browser and server generate a unique key. These keys are then used to encrypt and decrypt the messages that are sent between them.

The keys are also securely shared between your browser and the server using public-key cryptography. This ensures that only your browser and the server have access to the keys, making it extremely difficult for anyone else to intercept or read the messages being exchanged.  
A passkey is a passwordless way to log in to apps and websites. A passkey is another name for a pair of cryptography keys generated by your authenticated device. A public key and a private key combine to create a passkey.

The website or web server stores your public key when you log in. The private key is only stored on your device. After your device authenticates your identity, the combination of the two keys grants you access to your account on the website. Passkeys are unique to each web server or website. Your PC or Mobile device that generates the passkey uses a biometric authentication tool, such as TouchID, to authenticate your identity. Windows Hello is a biometric authentication service offered by Microsoft that allows users to securely log in using facial recognition or fingerprint scanning. The result is that a secure login becomes as easy as scanning your fingerprint on a PC or Mobile device.

Apart from biometric data authentication, an extra layer of protection can be added with hardware security keys. These dongles can be USB keys, NFC keys, and Bluetooth keys.

MachCloud takes Zero sign-on Authentication security to the next level
Using passkeys, you can log into MachCloud’s Control Panel securely using the biometric authentication tool, such as TouchID (fingerprint reader). Activation is a simple 3-click action in account settings. One-time activation of Passwordless Authentication opens a security dialogue that asks permission to register the computer or mobile device. Each user adds their device using the Fingerprint reader and passkey system in the PC, such as Windows Hello. After device registration, the next logins of MachCloud’s Control Panel are as simple as scanning a fingerprint.

MachCloud Panel Passwordless
MachCloud Panel Passwordless

There is no need for the user to juggle multiple passwords and authenticators. This much simpler authentication process takes away the need to manage passwords among employees.

Microsoft Teams Security Facilitates Business Domain

Microsoft Teams Security

Microsoft Teams security continues to remain on top of all others during this pandemic crisis. Video conferencing for official purpose is not new in the business domain. However, with the rise of COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a great increase in remote workers around the world, since businesses have opted for virtual offices to practice social distancing. The modern digital collaboration tools have, thus, become the focus of business and academic industry.

Amidst this pandemic and health crises in the world, there has been seen a record rise in daily traffic. One service reported a 535% increase in online traffic. However, with the irises in digital collaboration, privacy and cyber security remain one of the top issues companies have to face in these pandemic crises. Some services have, unfortunately, fallen prey to the increased intensity of cyber crimes and thus lost many clients’ trust. However, Microsoft Teams Security continues to win Microsoft Teams customers’ hearts.

Microsoft Teams security provides top-notch security features to its customers

In the wake of this pandemic, Microsoft Teams has emerged as popular tools where academic and business industry has greatly benefited from it. It has facilitated companies with top-notch collaboration tools like video conferencing, call conferencing, chats, calls and simple messaging. Microsoft Teams is the state-of-the-art digital communication platform that has satisfied customers with all the privacy and security concerns.

Two-factor authentication – 2FA makes Microsoft Teams security reliable

Microsoft offers end-to-end encryption in their own domain (not in telephony domain outside Direct Routing) as main feature of Microsoft Teams security to all of its video conferences and calls. In this way, the customers can easily communicate without any intrusion or eavesdropping within the call or video conference. Microsoft Teams provides a rich set of privacy rules that the platform adheres to. All the data shared within the conference is protected with latest encryption mechanism.

Microsoft further enhances Teams security by enabling two factor authentications that makes Teams reliable and secure from outside threats. In this way, all the business conversation and information sharing remain private between employees. Privacy and security are the focused factors in Teams.

Data is encrypted while at rest and in transit making data sharing secure and reliable. Teams even makes use of AI via chat boxes during meetings to combat any cyber bullying and other harassment behaviors.

ALSO READ: Unleash the power of Microsoft Teams with an existing PBX telephone system

MachCloud – The robust platform for Calling in Teams Solutions

MachCloud is an all-in-one digital communication platform that is equipped with all the modern collaboration tools of today. It offers Calling in Teams solution. Its product, MachCloud Solution for Microsoft Teams®, provides simple and reliable solutions for cloud communication for Microsoft Teams. MachCloud Solution for Microsoft Teams® is a fully automated service for end-to-end encrypted calling in Microsoft Teams through Direct Routing.

Head to MachCloud to unleash the power of Microsoft Teams with a modern approach.

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