How to Ensure Your SMS Carrier Isn’t the Weakest Link in Your Security Chain

For businesses and users alike, there has recently been a big security shift to two-factor authentication, and many companies are leaning on mobile devices to provide authentication codes in a timely manner for users.

The way it works is pretty simply. Once customers login using their usernames and passwords, they have to then authenticate their entry a second time by entering a code sent to their mobile device.

Companies all around the globe also rely on SMS for redundancy in communication when internet isn’t available, to ensure their communications are never disrupted.

With a lot of services relying on this method of authentication and redundancy, there has never been more pressure on you mobile accounts to stay secure. It’s important to make sure your SMS carrier isn’t the weakest link in your security chain by choosing a secure SMS gateway solution.

Why rely on SMS in the first place? Your information is valuable.

The number one method of communication is email—personal and business users alike across the web use it to communicate, as well as to authenticate accounts and send sensitive information.
This infographic from Krebson Security shows just how valuable your email account can be when hacked—pretty much all of your accounts are connected to your email, and it can be a little scary to realize what someone could access there:

Krebson also goes into detail about how valuable these account can be to a hacker:

“One prominent credential seller in the underground peddles iTunes accounts for $8, and Fedex.com, Continental.com and United.com accounts for USD $6. Groupon.com accounts fetch $5, while $4 buys hacked credentials at registrar and hosting provider Godaddy.com, as well as wireless providers Att.com, Sprint.com, Verizonwireless.com, and Tmobile.com. Active accounts at Facebook and Twitter retail for just $2.50 a piece.”

In addition to the monetary value, hackers are also disrupting businesses with security breaches, account turnovers and major customer data thefts. If your internet security fails, you’re vulnerable to communication failure as well as to a security breach.

SMS provides a secure and reliable alternative to email, while also complementing the easy use of email. Without SMS, you’re flying solo with email—every service you use probably requires an email address, and all security precautions can become undone if someone unwanted gets access.

Keep the second link in your chain secure—work with the right SMS software and hardware.

Hackers can get a hold of your passwords easily through your mobile provider without the right security precautions.

Reliance on a secure SMS gateway ensures your communications stay up and running through SMS, even when internet is down. The right SMS gateway will keep your information secure through the two-factor authentication process and support your business in the event of an internet disruption.

Naturally, both users and businesses want their methods of communication to be calm and dependable.
SMSEagle hardware SMS gateways send SMS messages directly to 3G network without using Internet connection. The gateway will work even if Internet connection fails. The SMSEagle gateway, once purchased, is located in your company premises. These assures you control over security and confidentiality of SMS communication. No matter the temperature or humidity conditions the hardware sticks with you.

If you care about quality and security, you need a reliable SMS gateway solution to ensure that your mobile carrier isn’t the weakest link in your security chain.

 

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SMSEagle Announces Hardware SMS Gateway Compatibility With All Major 3G Networks Worldwide

Poznan, Poland (July 05, 2016) – SMSEagle, a leading provider of SMS gateway technology, today announced a new suite of hardware, the NXS-9750-3G and the NXS 9700-3G, compatible with almost any 3G network in the world.

SMS messages are sent directly from the gateway to the 3G network. This shortens the critical path in comparison to online SMS services, and allows connectivity even in an internet failure.

The NXS-9750 is equipped with several new features, including those of the NXS-9700, that provide network flexibility, reliability and security for network administrators and software developers:

  • Two 3G Modems – each with full bandwidth coverage, providing information technology (IT) professionals with worldwide compatibility.
  • The latest Linux kernel – for powerful security and reliability.
  • Failover functions – used in conjunction with two SIM cards. Failover operational mode assumes functions of a system modem by secondary modem.

The NXS-9700 comes standard with several features that support a flexible, reliable and environment for IT professionals:

  • 3G Modem – with full bandwidth coverage, providing compatibility with almost any 3G network
  • High-availability cluster feature – available with two or more devices, integrating with over twenty NMS & Authorization systems such as Nagios, Zabbix, PRTG, Solarwinds, RSA and more, making integration with numerous IT environments easy.
  • HTTP API – allows software developers to seamlessly integrate SMS capability into their external systems.
  • Email to SMS – allows conversion of email messages into SMS texts.

The devices are easily configured with intuitive GUI and minimal user interaction and ready-to-use plugins for network monitoring systems. The gateway can be integrated with over 18 different NMS systems.

Our new products are equipped with the strength and performance efficiency to support everyday operations,” SMSEagle Product Manager Radosław Janowski said. “Their extensive network compatibility and modem flexibility establishes the NXS-9750 as the go-to hardware SMS gateway solution for IT professionals, worldwide.”

About SMSEagle

SMSEagle is a leading provider of SMS gateway hardware worldwide. The device is a EU-originated product for automatic sending & receiving of SMS messages, allowing you to send SMS alerts coming from network monitoring systems, SMS tokens from authentication systems, convert email to SMS messages, send and receive SMS texts using HTTP API.

For more information, visit https://www.smseagle.eu/

New SMSEagle NXS-9750-3G

SMSEagle steps it up with new dual modem hardware SMS gateway.

Poznań, Poland, March 8 2016 – SMSEagle announces the new version of hardware SMS gateway, the NXS-9750-3G. The new product offers better performance and double throughput than its predecessor for your everyday operations. The new device is the answer to our customers’ needs and expectations.

The new SMSEagle, NXS-9750 is equipped with not one but two 3G modems, each with full bandwidth coverage, making it compatible with almost any 3G network in the world. The device is powered with the latest Linux kernel bringing its security and reliability to a top level. New NXS-9750 have also new failover functions for 3G modems (if using two SIM cards). Failover operational mode assumes functions of a system modem by secondary modem when the primary modem becomes unavailable through either failure or scheduled down time. New SMSEagle NXS-9750 also offers high-availability cluster feature(if you have two or more devices).

“We plan on establishing ourselves as a go-to hardware SMS gateway solution for IT professionals, worldwide.” says SMSEagle Product Manager Radosław Janowski.

More information may be found at the SMSEagle NXS-9750 product page

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SMSEagle hardware SMS gateway is a EU-originated product for automatic sending & receiving of SMS messages. SMSEagle allows you to send SMS alerts coming from network monitoring systems (NMS), SMS tokens for authentication systems, convert email to SMS messages, send and receive SMS texts using HTTP API. The gateway is designed for professionals who rely on reliability and easy integration with existing IT systems. SMS messages are sent directly from the gateway to a 3G network. This shortens the critical path (compared to using online SMS services), and allows sending a message even when internet connection is broken. The external antenna improves signal strength in areas with limited 3G coverage (ex. server rooms, datacenters). Internal SNMP agent allows you to monitor the device’s performance using SNMP metrics.

New SMSEagle NXS-9700-3G

SMSEagle launches new product to start 2016.

Poznań, Poland, 12.01.2016 – SMSEagle announces the new version of hardware SMS gateway, the NXS 9700-3G. The new product is equipped with stronger hardware that offers better performance and efficiency for your everyday operations. It is unmatched in quality and we believe it will cope with all the challenges faced by a demanding customers.

The new SMSEagle, NXS-9700 is equipped with fast ARM11 processor, provides more operational memory and new 3G modem compared to previous model. The device is powered with the latest Linux kernel 4.1, a built-in PostgreSQL database, Apache2 server, and internal 3G modem with watchdog mechanism. Depending on the version, it can be equipped with one or two internal 3G modems. New SMSEagle NXS-9700 also offers additional high-availability cluster feature (if you have two or more devices).

“We provide our customers with a easy to use product and as usual we work hard to meet our customers expectations” says SMSEagle Product Manager Radosław Janowski.

NXS-9700 is easily configured using intuitive GUI and minimal user interaction. Due to it’s ready-to use plugins for network monitoring systems (at present gateway has descriptions of the integration of up to 18 different NMS systems), it is an interesting tool for any data center administrator.

More information may be found at the SMSEagle NXS-9700 product page

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SMSEagle hardware SMS gateway is a Polish product for automatic sending & receiving of SMS messages. SMSEagle allows you to send SMS alerts coming from network monitoring systems (NMS), SMS tokens for authentication systems, convert email to SMS messages. The device is also equipped with rich HTTP API thus allowing easy integration with any external software. The gateway is designed for professionals who rely on reliability and easy integration with existing IT systems. SMS messages are sent directly from the gateway to 3G network. This shortens the critical path (compared to using online SMS services), and allows sending a message even when internet connection is broken. The external antenna improves signal strength in areas with limited 3G coverage (ex. server rooms, datacenters). Internal SNMP agent allows you to monitor the device’s performance using SNMP metrics.