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"SecuriKey" USB Security Device for Macs Ships

"SecuriKey" USB Security Device for Macs Ships

by , 5:00 PM EDT, October 5th, 2004

Griffin Technologies, not to be mistaken for Mac peripheral maker Griffin Technology (emphasis added), has announced that a Mac version of its USB security device known as SecuriKey. SecuriKey is a combination of a USB token (a device that plugs into your USB port) and supporting software that works with Mac OS X to control access to your Mac. From Griffin Technologies:

Featuring a USB token that acts like an 'ignition key' for any desktop or portable Macintosh, SecuriKey for Macintosh is the most convenient and reliable way yet to protect Macs from unwanted use.

SecuriKey for Macintosh Professional Edition supports most portable and desktop Macintosh products running Mac OS X Panther or higher, including Power Macs, PowerBooks, iBooks, and iMacs. By combining a security solution the user "has" (a USB token) with something he or she "knows" (a password), SecuriKey assures strong two-factor protection. Rules-based user controls are included as well, providing additional flexibility.

Simple, Powerful Whether protecting highly confidential data or simply preventing unwanted use, SecuriKey makes securing any computer is as easy as putting a key into a lock. The product totally restricts access to the Macintosh OS, maintaining control of the computer while ensuring protection should the device be lost or stolen.

Versatile enough for road warrior, Small Office/Home Office or family use, SecuriKey for Macintosh features an easy auto lockup feature. Simply remove the key-like SecuriKey token from the USB port and the computer is locked; re-insert the key, and the user resumes control of the machine.

SecuriKey for Macintosh users can also set their security controls to allow partial access without user authentication, so that family members or co-workers can use the computer without access to specific files or applications. SecuriKey for Macintosh ships with two attractive, key-sized USB tokens suitable for attachment to any key ring. Having a second SecuriKey token gives users a backup should the first be lost or stolen; the single SecuriKey for Macintosh license allows users to load the software on as many computers as they wish, all controlled by the same one or two tokens.

For multiple users, SecuriKey for Macintosh supports the creation of separate accounts. Each separately protected account requires the purchase of at least one additional token.

You can find more information on the device at Griffin Technologies' SecuriKey Web site. That price includes two USB tokens, as well as the software for both Mac OS X and Windows, both OSes being supported by the device.

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