TOY BOX: The iKey unlocks doors to PC security

Rainbow Technologies' iKey 1000 is a useful alternative to the standard username/password method of protecting private computer applications. Users insert a key into a USB port on their PC and enter a PIN number.

Rainbow Technologies' iKey 1000 is a useful alternative to the standard username/password method of protecting private computer applications. Users insert a key into a USB port on their PC and enter a PIN number.

It gives employees access to secure items, such as virtual private networks, intranets, extranets, and internet access, from computers not connected to their company's server. The key plugs into pretty much any available USB port, but if your port is located in the back of your computer, I'd recommend purchasing an extra docking base for easier access. This method is more secure than usernames and passwords. Of course, it's possible that a very unlucky soul could lose their iKey and have their PIN number nabbed. The difference, however, is that if you're iKey disappears, you'll know. Usernames and passwords can be easily lifted from Post-it notes or other equally insecure methods of remembering private information. The verdict: Not foolproof, but the iKey is certainly a step closer to making "private web access" a reality. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price approximately $30 per user Available at rainbow.com Specs The iKey 1000 is compatible with Windows 95, 98, 2000, and NT 4.0. It has 8K of memory, which is used for security purposes, not remote storage.

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