Strong Two Factor Authentication with USB Hardware Smart Card Tokens

English on November 10th, 2007 No Comments

Continuing the road to secure strong authentication SSOCircle now supports USB hardware smart card tokens. These tokens are a combined smart card and smart card reader with a USB interface. Because of their small size, they can be easily attached to a key ring. Have you ever been worried using a public internet terminal ? Have you been bothered about a keystroke logger could be installed on the PC and is grabbing your passwords ? If yes, ePass USB smart card token is the perfect solution for you. SSOCircle offers now automatic enrollment of X.509 certificate to ePass USB tokens. Just enroll a certificate at, go to the internet cafe and insert the stick and single sign on to SSOCircle and all integrated Service Providers. After finishing your work, logout and remove the USB token and be 100% safe that nobody can grab your credentials and reuse it. The certificate store on the token can not be exported or copied from the stick. That’s simply the meaning of two factor authentication: one thing you know (the PIN of the token) and one thing you have (the token itself). Security made simple.

ePass tokens can be used driverless. For Firefox you only need to setup the security device. To ease that step we are now providing a Firefox addon. The addon probes for the PKCS11 libraries, creates the device and imports the SSOCircle CA certificates automatically.
But if you think that installing an addon is not feasible on a public terminal, read this: StorePass is a device with flash memory and a smart card on one device – and cool as it is – it doesn’t need a driver. So, just put your fully configured firefox on the flash, start the browser from the stick and off you go.

If you are looking for the ePass or the StorePass, please visit RS-Computer.

Technical note:
ePass2000ft11 tokens work on Windows Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista, Linux and MacOS. For use with Firefox you just need the PKCS11 library but no additional drivers.
StorePass is a device combining flash storage and the ePass smart card functionality.
For more information and details visit RS-Computer.

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