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Not So Dumb After All, New "USB Key" Paradigm

Not So Dumb After All, New "USB Key" Paradigm

Siber Systems has utilized what many consider "dumb storage" devices to create the world's first automated password entry application.

Pass2Go is a digital key that creates portable, digital identities that are accessible with one-click login. Between 67 and 120 million of the devices are expected to ship in 2005 worldwide, the company says. 

The technology capitalizes on a popular trend that uses small devices to store data. "An increasing number of people are carrying USB drives on personal key rings for data storage purposes," said Andrew Finkle, vice president of marketing for Siber Systems. "Now using only a fraction of the storage space on that drive, users can carry all their most confidential information securely and have a fully-featured application that automates entering of this data for online forms and provides easy editing and viewing capabilities for this information."

What is appealing about Pass2Go is that personal information never appears on a client PC, allaying fears many people have about identity theft and unauthorized use of personal data. Siber's new security application is loaded onto an existing USB drive, and then connected to any USB port. A user can enter all their credit card numbers, personal contacts, and any other information, at their leisure, save the information, and use it to automatically log into accounts.

The appliance can be used by busy professionals who are often moving from network to network. A person can use Pass2Go at work, at an internet cafe, airport, and anywhere else USB ports are accessible.

Pass2Go is based on RoboForm, Siber System's award-winning password management and form-filling tool that automates the process of logging onto online accounts and filling online registration and checkout forms.

When an online form is encountered, users just click their name on the browser toolbar and the information is inserted. If a login site is encountered, a "passcard" is clicked that contains the login data. The tiny application is a mere 3MB, but it can perform multi-step login sequences.

All stored information is protected using 3-DES, a powerful encryption standard. Pass2Go requires a master password to open the sensitive information.

The software can be downloaded from Siber's Web site for $39, http://www.roboform.com or http://www.pass2go.com .

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