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Apple Will Soon Standardise Two-factor Authentication Messages to Prevent Phishing Scams

Engineers have proposed to standardise the format of two-factor authentication (2FA), so that incoming messages are easily identified by browsers and other mobile apps.

Representative image. (Photo: National Cyber Security Centre/iStock)
Representative image. (Photo: National Cyber Security Centre/iStock)

Known for its privacy and security features, Apple is reportedly planning to come up with authentication SMS messages to prevent phishing scams, reported PhoneArena.com. Apple engineers have reportedly put forward a proposal to work towards a standardised format for two-factor authentication SMS containing one-time passcodes that users receive during the login process.

The suggestion has come from engineers of Apple Webkit, a core component of the Safari browser which is the default browser on Apple devices. According to reports, the suggestion is backed by Google engineers working on Chromium. The new feature would rely on SMS messages that would contain the associated login URL inside.

Besides, the proposal aims to standardise the format of two-factor authentication (2FA), so that incoming messages are easily identified by browsers and other mobile apps. As a result of this, a browser would recognise the web domain inside the message, and automatically extract the OTP code to complete the login operation without further user interaction. With the advent of this feature, the process of receiving and entering an OTP would become automated, preventing the user from falling for a scam.

After the introduction of the feature, apps and browsers would obtain the OTP code and complete the two-factor authentication login process. In case of any mismatch, the auto-complete operation will fail, which, in turn, would enable human readers to see the website’s actual URL, and compare it to the site they’re trying to login.

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Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within Control Panel and File Explorer.

Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication
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Microsoft has released a new update with version number KB4532695, which applies to Windows 10, version 1903, Windows Server version 1903, Windows 10, version 1909, Windows Server version 1909. According to Microsoft, Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 have a common core operating system and an identical set of system files. The new update will improve the accuracy of Windows Hello face authentication and will also help fix several bugs.

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within the Control Panel and File Explorer. Besides, it will help solve the problem of incorrect indicators for offline and online files. It will prevent File Explorer’s search bar from receiving user input and it will also handle the issue that sometimes caused an error when a user unplugged a USB Type-C hub or flash drive.

Microsoft has recommended installing the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for the operating system before putting in the latest cumulative update (LCU). SSU upgrades the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the LCU. Users can update the new feature through Windows Update. To do so, users have need to go to the Settings option and then navigate to the Update and Security option. Under Update and Security, head to Windows Update. Users will get the link to download and install the update in the Optional Updates section.