PortalGuard Boosts Apple Macintosh Productivity with PG Desktop for Mac

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PistolStar, Inc., developers of the PortalGuard Nebula on-demand hybrid cloud portal, have released a secure password reset and recovery solution for Mac users in the workplace.

Self-service password reset and account unlock against corporate directory servers are two services that have been available for many years as part of PortalGuard’s all-in-one authentication platform. For many of our clients, these features are carried out using the PortalGuard Desktop component on their workstations. This feature is often used to force users to enroll challenge questions and answers (by providing personal answers to the questions they choose) and reset their passwords directly from the computer’s logon screen. For some time, this level of usability is not something Mac users have had access to. Now, PortalGuard Desktop for Macintosh allows users to reset or recover forgotten passwords used to login to the Mac OS X workstations.

“In today’s digital climate, users are working on both Windows and Mac operating systems; therefore cross-platform functionality is a must and we cannot ignore the fact that more users across all enterprise and educational markets are starting to choose Apple devices for work. We are very committed to adapting to user preferences when it comes to our product,” says Tom Hoey, CEO of PistolStar, Inc.

PortalGuard Desktop for Mac OS X provides users with the ability to reset their passwords for Active Directory or SAML-enabled applications right from their workstation login screens. This increases usability by allowing password resets to multiple login points thus reducing the number of helpdesk calls. PortalGuard also provides additional Mac hardware support including the PortalGuard mobile password reset app—available on Apple’s App Store—and enables Mac Keychain Password Recovery.

About PistolStar

Launched in 1999, PistolStar has experienced phenomenal growth, attributing its success to an understanding of customers' pain, having the ability to demonstrate a positive return on investment, and differentiating itself from the competition by delivering flexible solutions with full white glove support before, during and after the sale. With the increased migration from collaboration solutions like Lotus Notes & Domino, PistolStar improved its functionality, launching PortalGuard®, the company’s flagship, all-in-one authentication extension in 2009. As migration progressed even further, this extension is now available in the cloud as PortalGuard Nebula.

Who is PortalGuard?

PortalGuard is a multifactor authentication, web-based single sign-on (SSO) through Internet Information Services (IIS) and self-service password reset server and application rolled into one. As a company and team, PortalGuard’s first goal is to understand the needs and challenges of both end users and administrators, then deliver a tailored, easy-to-use, cost-effective product that meets those needs. This process is coupled with dedicated, white-glove services from the very beginning, right through to becoming the enterprise-quality solution provider at an affordable, small business price. Given its 5 Star rating, PortalGuard was named “Best Buy” in SC Magazine’s group review of authentication tools. PortalGuard fully supports SAML and other federation protocols, provides a granularity of controls, and integrates with a variety of applications including Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Outlook, Salesforce, Blackboard, and Google Apps. Secure by design, PortalGuard is verified by Veracode and SecureState. Sign up to request a live demo at http://event.portalguard.com/demo-request. For more information, visit http://www.portalguard.com or follow us on Twitter @PortalGuard.

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