DFAS adds a layer of security to myPay

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is using a virtual keyboard feature to increase security for users of its myPay online payment system.

Customers will use the feature to enter their personal identification numbers each time they access the myPay system, DFAS said. The virtual keyboard will appear on customers' computer screens after they type their myPay log-in IDs into the system on standard keyboards. The system will then prompt customers to enter their PINs via mouse clicks on their screens.

The feature changes the appearance of the virtual keyboard each time it appears. This is done to thwart hacking techniques used to capture or generate PINs, including Trojan horses, spyware and keystroke logging software, DFAS said.

The accounting service began providing the feature in mid-May. The system's other features will continue to operate as they always have, DFAS said. DFAS manages payments departmentwide, including payrolls and payments to contractors.

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