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Rohos Two-Factor Authentication Security

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With new security threats popping up daily, it can be difficult to ensure that systems stay secure. Passwords alone aren’t cutting it anymore, so what can we do to better protect ourselves from attacks and intruders ?

Rohos offers two-factor authentication for Windows and Mac computers. This simple piece of software installs and runs in the background. You set up a USB flash drive as your ‘security key’, and whenever you want to log into Windows or your Mac, you are required to plug that security key into any USB port. There are many user-configurable settings as well. For example, you can require that users still enter their computer account password in addition to plugging in the security key. Or, you can even go a step further and require users to plug in the security key, enter a numeric PIN to access the key, and then enter the user account password on top of that. What happens if you lose the key? You can also setup an ‘emergency logon’ for events like that.

Licensing starts at $32.00 USD for a single computer, which is extremely affordable when it comes to two-factor authentication solutions. Terminal servers with unlimited users come in at $350.00 USD.

I have been using Rohos on my client’s Windows servers for some time now. The solution is simple, easy to manage and just works. It adds a layer of security to networks, which these days, I feel is something that is becoming a necessity more than a luxury.

Read more about Rohos and their solutions here: http://www.rohos.com/products/rohos-logon-key/

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Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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4 Comments

  1. Ryan Toolsie July 2, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    A cheap and effective way to secure your machines. I taught windows already has a way to use usb as a two factor authentication, but I’m guessing this is easier to deploy and manage.

  2. Andres Molina August 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Hi,

    Does anyone know if I can use it on my whole network to control de local admin passwords of +5000 workstations with the USB key and the 2d factor authentication? Does it work offline?

    • Martin Lehner October 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      There is a network / domain version as well. Have a look at their website for more info.

  3. alex_ripkin August 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    This is very interesting. I have been thinking recently about how poor my computers security scheme really is. This seems to be a very promising solution. I am of the opinion that username / password security schemes really aren’t the best solution anymore. With every different website requiring different logon credentials, I find it very difficult to keep them all straight. I wonder if physical keys of some sort might be the answer. I know that the are other solutions (bio-metric and face recognition) but they all seem rather expensive or difficult to introduce into the current infrastructure. I think these physical key solutions might have some spark behind them. Does anyone else feel this way?

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