Product Information

Passholder Pro

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February 01, 2004
Website:

http://www.passholder.net

Price

Passholder $150 Passholder Pro $210

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QUICK READ

  • Strengths:

    Flexibility, convenience of use.

  • Weaknesses:

    USB token a little lightweight.

  • Verdict:

    An interesting and capable product.

This USB token offers two-factor authentication that has been considered from many perspectives, including that of the user.

One problem with conventional passwords is achieving a balance among password length, complexity and usability. A longer, more complex password offers higher security, but is also more difficult to remember. Multiply this requirement for different applications and, understandably, users choose short, easily remembered passwords that do not enhance security.

Passholder Pro gets around this by allowing longer, more complex passwords to be stored on the token and passed to the appropriate applications upon the input of a simple user PIN. So, several profiles that are under the full control of the user can be stored on the token.

With regularly used applications, access can be completely automated.

However, if the PIN is disclosed and someone steals the token, then he can gain easy access to several services. On the other hand, a simple PIN is less likely to be written down and the token may be easily added to a key ring or something similar which the user would rarely lose, reducing such opportunities.

When the token is withdrawn, the workstation may be locked or the user logged off, according to preference. It encourages a responsible attitude towards access control as it is easy for users to simply take their tokens with them, even if they are only leaving their computers for a few minutes. When a user returns, he inserts his token and PIN and is ready to work.

Other interesting features include easy token backup and restore procedures, for instances where a token may be lost or damaged. One can also store multiple digital certificates on the token, providing a good flexibility with which to configure security preferences.

Additionally, Passholder Pro provides the ability to create encrypted volumes, which will appear as a separate drive letter when the USB token is present. Users may easily encrypt data files using standard AES encryption, with up to 2048- bit encryption strength. If you are looking for a straightforward – but versatile – two-factor solution, research Passholder Pro.

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