Y Soft adds to identity verification solution portfolio

Y Soft is adding to its portfolio of identity verification solutions with the release of a new secure identity verification for networked printers.

The Y Soft MFX Mobile Reader joins the portfolio of USB readers designed to provide identity verification in what the company describes as a ‘secure, accurate, and convenient’ way.

This is particularly important following COVID-19 and a refreshed interest from businesses that focuses on keeping employees safe at the office.

Y Soft chief of products Wouter Koelewijn says the reader “addresses the need for better physical safety by letting their employees use their mobile devices to identify themselves instead of physically touching the networked printer.”

Furthermore, employees’ biometric data is only stored on their smartphones and not on corporate networks, which means there is no need to comply with data protection regulations such as the GDPR.

“Unlike an identity card, a misplaced or stolen smartphone can’t be used to access users’ print jobs since the phone’s native security features (PIN, fingerprint, facial recognition) act as the second-factor authentication,” the company explains.

The USB reader comprises the reader, digital credentials, and a mobile app.  

YSoft MFX Mobile Reader accurately reads the user’s credentials from the user’s mobile phone. Employees only need to touch their own mobile phones to print all the jobs in their print queue, eliminating the need to touch the networked printer and reducing the number of times the multifunction device (MFD) must be wiped down per day. MFX Mobile Reader also supports the use of identity cards supporting over 100 access card technologies.

YSoft Connect ID provides an enrolment process, and the credentials can be sent electronically to each user. The YSoft Mobile Connect app stores the digital credentials and uses those credentials to securely authenticate the user on any printer equipped with the MFX Mobile Reader. This provides secure two-factor authentication, and the user’s private data is stored only on their personal device.

With the YSoft Mobile Connect mobile app (Android or iOS), users can authenticate access to print management…


Nutanix Adds Additional Ransomware Protections

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Nutanix has added additional ransomware protections to its cloud platform to help enterprises prevent, detect and recover from ransomware attacks across multiple cloud environments, according to a statement from the company.

These protections, available now to partners and customers, are built in to the Nutanix stack and include new threat monitoring and detection, as well as more granular data replication and access controls, according to the statement.

Nutanix Adds Additional Ransomware Protections

The Nutanix cloud platform, via the Flow Security Central feature of Nutanix Flow, now offers anomaly detection based on machine learning (ML) and IP reputation services, according to the company. Flow Security Central helps identify known attack vectors, including potential ransomware, at the network level before it can reach the application and data layers. Specifically, Flow Security Central now monitors networks for anomalies, malicious behavior and common network attacks. Flow Security Central also monitors endpoints to identify traffic from suspicious locations, according to the statement.

The Nutanix cloud platform now also includes native ransomware detection for file storage services within Nutanix Files. File analytics now detects abnormal and suspicious access patterns and identifies known ransomware signatures to block data access in real-time, the company said. In addition, File analytics also identifies misconfigurations and allows for immutable snapshots capabilities, according to the statement.

New features within the Nutanix Objects storage solution also protect application data, according to the statement. Objects includes more granular permissions to access object data for primary and secondary storage and offers the ability to configure write once, read many (WORM) policies for individual files and objects to guard against unauthorized deletion or encryption of data, according to the statement. Additionally, Objects’ locking features meet the non-rewritable and non-erasable storage requirements for electronic records as specified under the relevant SEC, FINRA, and CFTC regulations, according to the…


Google adds Password Checkup support to Android autofill

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Google adds Password Checkup support to Android autofill

Google is adding support for the Password Checkup service to Android applications through the passwords autofill feature to warn users if their saved passwords have been compromised or leaked in data breaches.

The company initially released the Password Checkup Chrome extension in February 2019 to alert users when their saved logins are weak or affected by a breach.

Password Checkup was later added to the Google Password Manager to help you quickly check if your passwords are secure straight from in your Google Account.

Google is now adding it to the Android ‘Autofill with Google’ feature which fills out forms automatically with saved info, including credentials, addresses, or payment info.

“Whenever you fill or save credentials into an app, we’ll check those credentials against a list of known compromised credentials and alert you if your password has been compromised,” Arvind Kumar Sugumar, Android team Software Engineer, explained.

“The prompt can also take you to your Password Manager page, where you can do a comprehensive review of your saved passwords.”

Autofill for Google password checkup warning
Autofill for Google password checkup warning (Google)

Autofill with Google only checks the security of credentials you’ve already saved into your Google account or when you are asked to save it by Android and you accept.

Once saved, the Password Checkup feature will check if the credentials you want to fill into a form have been compromised in any data breaches tracked by Google.

However, the checking process is secure given that only hashes are used to check against a breach database, with only known breached credentials with the same first two has bytes being used for the actual check.

The password check is performed locally using this limited set of matching breached credentials. No unencrypted credential information is exchanged between your device and Google’s servers throughout this checking process.

To toggle on Autofill with Google in Android apps on devices running Android 9 and later, you have to follow the instructions below:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app
  2. Tap System > Languages & input > Advanced
  3. Tap Autofill service
  4. Tap Google to make sure the setting is enabled


Python in VS Code Adds Data Viewer for Debugging — Visual Studio Magazine

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Python in VS Code Adds Data Viewer for Debugging

The January 2021 update to the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is out with a short list of new features headed by a data viewer used while debugging.

Python for VS Code comes with the

Python extension
in the code editor’s marketplace, which has been installed a whopping 30.3 million times, making it the most popular tool in the marketplace by far. It provides linting, debugging (multi-threaded, remote), Intellisense, Jupyter Notebooks, code formatting, refactoring, unit tests and more.

Updated monthly, its latest release closed 13 issues and includes an improvement to the Pylance language server and the new debugging data viewer.

“The data viewer in the Jupyter and Python extensions allow for easier and cleaner visualization of data when using Jupyter notebooks in VS Code,” the dev team said. “We’re excited to announce that in this release we added support for the data viewer when debugging Python files as well!

“To try it out, you will need to have pandas installed in the selected environment for your workspace. Then, you can just add a breakpoint after the line of the variable you want to inspect, hit F5 and select Python File from the configuration menu.”

The Debugging Data Viewer in Animated Action
[Click on image for larger, animated GIF view.] The Debugging Data Viewer in Animated Action (source: Microsoft).

The release also provides PYTHONPATH support with Pylance, the language server introduced last summer to provide Python-specific “smarts” for IntelliSense and such.

“This release includes support to allow you to use the PYTHONPATH variable in .env files with Pylance for improved import resolution,” Microsoft said. “If you’re a Pylance user, your PYTHONPATH specified in .env files is now read alongside any paths included in python.analysis.extraPaths as an import root. In addition, editing the .env file will now update environment variables without any need for a reload.”

A few more minor tweaks include: