eToken is a fully portable USB device the size of an average house key that can be used to generate and provide secure storage for passwords, digital certificates, secure authentication, digital signing and encryption.
eToken is based on Smartcard technology but requires no special readers. A single eToken provides a set of ready-to-use security solutions meeting all authentication needs (web access, VPN access, and network logon), and providing laptop and file security. Token assignment, deployment and personalization within an organization are easily managed via the Token Management System (TMS), based upon Active Directory ®.
Safe and secure storage of your...
• Login details for intra- and extra-nets.
• Webmail passwords
• Online subscription credentials
• Online Banking passwords
• Secure Digital Keys
• Digital Certificates
PLUS... generate secure random passwords internally. Uncrackable 1024/2048-bit encrypted keys, which you don't have to try and remember, this will do it for you!
Available in 16k, 32k and 64k storage models.
I have always been a little hesitant to entrust my secure passwords and Virtual Identity to a chip... I mean, if anyone got their hands on it, they could literally clean me out and destroy my reputation in one fell swoop... so I decided I would create a fake online indentity in order to test this device. Build up a PC isolated from our office network, running through a dial-up connection, log on to a few chat forums and basically create a fictional character. Then install the software and give this thing a run for it's money. This is the 16k version with WSO options only. Larger capacity units also come with extra features and security options.
First thing I noticed was that everything was in the box... except the software! That had to be downloaded from the web after filling out an online form. So, the virtual character had his day and signed up. Download 2 files, totalling around 6.5mb, and away we went.
After 20 minutes of installing and twiddling with the device's settings as per the manual, and I was ready to go. I was impressed at the browser integration... all options for setting and controlling the behaviour of the eToken is embedded in a little drop-down menu up on the addressbar... easily accessible. Fire up the browser and start to log in to one of the chatboards. As soon as I had hit the 'login' button, a window pops up, nice and friendly... "Do you want me to store this info on your eToken?" -click OK- and make sure the 'auto-login option was on, and that was it, so simple! to test it, I logged out and it logged me right back in. This was both a good and a bad thing really... if you want to prevent that happening, you either have to remove the eToken from the system before you hit 'Log Out', or only use it on sites that direct you to a page that does NOT contain login boxes when you log out.
Overall, this device would be most suitable on intranets set up so that if the eToken is unplugged, the system logs you out and locks the terminal... for the home user, it's a bit like shooting a mosquito with a cannon... The keyring-clip for the eToken is strong and sturdy, and leaves the attachment-hole unobstructed... which is a little funny really, since if the eToken is attached to a spring-loaded zipline or somesuch, why have it clipped to your keys as well?! It's still a handy device to consider for corporate or small-business use, but home users are probably wasting their time.
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