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TabletPc2.com Product of the Month  July 2004

    SecuriKey® Professional Edition
from  Griffin Technologies

Review by Linda A. Epstein


  

The Package: 

The Securikey come cleverly packaged in a 8.25 x 6.5 aluminum case. (if it had a handle, I would be tempted carry it as a handbag!)

What's inside: 

  • Two USB Securikey's (Tokens) with attached jump rings.

  • CD rom with installation software ( both Windows and Mac)

  • Quick Start page

The second token is often used as a replacement (or backup) token in the same way as a spare car key can be used to open your car in an emergency. However, the second token can also be used to allow another user to have access to your computer. If you use the second token to validate another user on your computer, then it will not function as a spare key for emergencies. (www.securikey.com)

System Requirements:

Operating System

Windows 2000, Windows XP (Home or Professional), or Windows Server 2003

Hard Drive Space

20 MB

USB Port

At least one free dedicated port

CD-ROM Drive

Needed for Software Component Installation

Description: 

SecuriKey Professional Edition is a small USB token that, when inserted into your computer's USB port, acts like a key that allows you to access your computer. And just like your car, no key -- no go. Even if someone steals your laptop and guesses your password, they will not be able to get to your files without your SecuriKey token.

Stronger than any password, the highly rated SecuriKey System can control access and protect your critical data either at work or on the road. (www.securikey.com)

Review:

In today's world, where Computers contain sensitive and or confidential material security is a major concern.   For the "Road Warrior" the risk of loss or theft of a  Laptop or Tablet PC is a real one.  And when you have to step away from your Tablet PC (or desktop or Laptop)  filled with personal documents security is a genuine concern.    SecuriKey Professional eliminates both the concern and the worry that anyone else will gain access to the data on your machine.  

Installation of Securikey is completed in less than 5 minutes, by following the on the on screen menu's (shown at bottom of page)

Once the SecuriKey software is installed, when you boot with the token in a USB drive, the machine starts normally.  If you boot without the Securikey Token in place you get the following message:

"Access to the system requires a valid Securikey Token to begin the login process insert your token now"

Insert the SecuriKey Token and Windows instantly loads, and you can log into your computer as you normally would.

Without the Token inserted you can not gain access to the computer.   So even if someone were to discover your windows password, without the token they would not be able to access the data on your tablet pc, desktop or laptop.

If you need to step away from the machine, simply remove the Token and the machine is closes any open windows and a small box give you the message "the computer has been locked by SecuriKey  Please insert your token now or press Control-Alt-Dele to begin the unlock process." Press Control-Alt-Dele and it tells you the workstation is locked to insert the token. 

Insert the Token and your instantly taken back to the program screen you were working in when the token was removed.  This impressive and time saving feature works flawlessly.

The SecuriKey Professional software includes a The security Protection Manager which give you access to the SecuriKey Security Status, Activating and Deactivating SecuriKey, and the Usage Log sections.

Only administrators logged in with SecuriKey Token # 1 are able to access to the security settings.  

the Add Token button is used to identify a new SecuriKey Token to your computer. Extra Tokens can be purchased from Securikey,

The Software also has a SecuriKey Safe Mode Blocker. When enabled  this option prevents anyone from booting your computer into Safe Mode.

If you decide to uninstall securikey you will need to deactivate SecuriKey via the security software first

The most obvious question which I'm sure is the most frequently asked:

What happens if a user looses his or her SecuriKey Token?

If you lose or damage SecuriKey Token Number 1, and you have not turned your backup token into a SecuriKey Token for a second user, you can use your backup token as a replacement.

If you do not have a backup token for SecuriKey Token Number 1, or if you need a replacement for another SecuriKey Token, you will need to contact support at Griffin Technologies to arrange for a replacement key.  (www.securikey.com)

In Conclusion :

The first though that came to my mind when I opened the box containing the SecuriKey was "I hope the product is as good as the packaging".   I'm happy to say it only took about five minutes to find out that the SecuriKey Professional was even more impressive as the packaging it comes in.   This is a case of great packaging, and a product that does exactly what it is designed to do. 

For those in an environment where you frequently have to step away from your desk, the Token can easily be attached to lanyard and worn around the next or on a clip rather than on a key chain, making it convenient for anyone to use.

The speed and convenience in which the computer is locked unlocked make the SecuriKey an invaluable tool for anyone with the need to protect the data on a Tablet PC, Laptop or Desktop.  

The Pros:

  • the SecuriKey does exactly it is designed to do, it protects anyone without the key from accessing the data on your computer, laptop or tablet pc.
  • If you have to step away from your Tablet PC, you can remove the token, lock the computer and come back reinsert the token and pick up where you left on in a mater of seconds.
  • Provides not only security, but peace of mind as well.
  • Tokens come with jump rings attached so they can be added to a key ring or strung on a cord right away.
  • Extra keys can be purchased from Securikey.

The Cons:

  • Both keys are the same color, so you would need to mark them in some way to tell them apart.

  • The documentation on the installation cd says its a good idea to read the getting started manual first, but there was no getting started manual in the package or on the cd.  The information can be found in the help files on the cd.

  • May not be a good choice for those who are in the habit of losing there keys.

SecuriKey Professional Edition is available for $129.00

Click here to purchase

Also Available:
SecuriKey Enterprise Edition is perfect for financial institutions, law firms and accountants wishing to protect client data. It's also ideal for hospitals and medical clinics that need to control access to patient data in order to achieve HIPAA compliance. The SecuriKey System is great for protecting fleets of laptops in the field. In fact, SecuriKey Enterprise Edition is the right solution for any organization with confidential or proprietary data that is important to the continued success of that organization.


For those who are interested in seeing the step by step set up, the on screen Menus are shown below.

 

 

     

 

You needed to attach the secure key token to each usb port on your computer, which brings up the found new hardware wizard.

choose install the software automatically, the hardware wizard appears each time you plug a token into a USB port you have not plugged the token in to before, once you have plugged the token into all the usb ports on the computer the hardware wizard will not appear again.

 

When you click next it tells you if you have not introduced the key to all the usb ports it they will not work with the securikey once its rebooted and gives you the option t go back and plug the token into other ports or to continue.

 

Screen 3: asks for a friendly name to setup your profile. 

Screen 4: asks you to chose what action will be taken if the SecuriKey is removed, your choices are to lock the computer, Log off or shut down the computer. 

 

At this point your given the option to register online or by mail.


For those who are interested in seeing the step by step set up, the on screen Menus are shown below.

 

 

     

 

You needed to attach the secure key token to each usb port on your computer, which brings up the found new hardware wizard.

choose install the software automatically, the hardware wizard appears each time you plug a token into a USB port you have not plugged the token in to before, once you have plugged the token into all the usb ports on the computer the hardware wizard will not appear again.

 

When you click next it tells you if you have not introduced the key to all the usb ports it they will not work with the securikey once its rebooted and gives you the option t go back and plug the token into other ports or to continue.

 

Screen 3: asks for a friendly name to setup your profile. 

Screen 4: asks you to chose what action will be taken if the SecuriKey is removed, your choices are to lock the computer, Log off or shut down the computer. 

 

At this point your given the option to register online or by mail.

Previous Products of the month can be found at the links below

Ziplinq, Fujitsu Bump case, Franklin Covey Leather Case , Motion HardTop Keyboard Diskeeper Pro

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