Protecting your computer and data with ruToken

Authenticating for Windows and accessing a secret disk with a ruToken key.

User authentication and identification on Windows with USB keys.In short: now the popular ruToken identification device can be used in Rohos Logon Key and Rohos Disk as the one key needed to log in to Windows and your protected data. Rohos Logon Key works fully on Windows Vista/7 and also supports authorization for remote desktops using a ruToken. User authentication and identification with USB keys.

The ruToken device has been developed by the Russian company Aktiv, which produces a family of identification devices for user device-based authorization when accessing IT resources and protected electronic data. Read more

Automatically logon in Windows 8

Sometimes is necessary to provide a user the automatically logon in Windows without using of any key and password. Administrator’s account, however, must be protected with a password and hardware key.

Windows 8 allows you to login without writing a password, although it was assigned.

For example, we’ve created a user account User321, and assigned a password for it. For administrative purposes we have got an Admin with his own password on the same machine.

Run please Rohos Logon Key application and create a key for Admin:

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Unlock Windows or Mac computer by using your smartphone

Updated: September 2016

Rohos Logon Key allows to unlock your computer without entering password by using your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Your security benefits:

  • Use your mobile phone as an electronic key for login and desktop unlock;
  • Protects access to any Windows/Mac computer;
  • No need to memorize long and complex passwords;
  • A single mobile phone can be your electronic Key for a few Windows/Mac user account;
  • Support Administrator’s Credentials Prompt: Network authentication, Remote Desktop Login, App install prompt (Win/Mac);

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Using Google Authenticator OTP for Windows login

 

 

System requirements: Windows 7,8,10, 2008,2012

The access to your computer or user account is usually password-protected. But sometimes it is not enough, especially, when your data requires high level of confidentiality. You don’t want to provide attackers with the chance to get hold of your most secret stuff your data, don’t you? We has included Google Authenticator and Yubikey HOTP support into Rohos Logon Key. Now Windows login is performed in High-Safety mode by using Time based One Time Password and HOTP codes.

If you have Android, iOS or BlackBerry phones, use Google Authenticator program. Protect your computer with strong OTP password (One Time Password). OTP password – the password generated by special device or program, and it is valid only once and right at the moment it has been generated. And there is no sense to spy on or capture such password. Whenever you try to enter the same password one more time or a bit later i.e. beyond the time interval predetermined – it will be rejected. Each time you log on to your computer, you will be requested an OTP password from your phone.
Integrated into Rohos Logon Key program, Google Authenticator will serve as logon key to your PC.  You will always have your secret password with you in your phone. You won’t have to enter Windows password manually, the program will do it for you. Comfortable and reliable.

How to use Google Authenticator app to log in to your PC?

So, let us take, for example, the Android phone and consider how to set up Rohos Logon Key for Windows using OTP password from Google Authenticator app.

1. Make sure you have Google Authenticator app intalled on your phone. (Googles or Barcode Scanneradditionally may be required for QR code scan).

2. Once the applications installed on the phone, you can start setting up Rohos Logon Key for your computer.

  • Install the latest Rohos Logon Key v3.0  for Windows.
  • Open Rohos Logon > Options dialog and select from the authentication devices list – Google Authenticator (OATH), serving as a security key. Then press OK. Read more

How to securely disconnect encrypted disk after defined timeout

Rohos Disk program creates hidden and password protected encrypted partitions on your PC or USB flash drive. You can lock access to you applications, to hide folders. It is strong on-fly disk encryption tool.
Today we would like to announce Rohos Disk new feature automatically lock Rohos disk after defined timeout. You can enable this security option to protect your sensitive data on Rohos Disk. Enforce password security after grace period. If you often use Sleep or Hibernate mode to save power of your computer or laptop this feature is very useful. After awaking up from Sleep or Hibernate Rohos Disk will ask you to enter the password or to plug in the USB key with password. Auto lock/unlock solution for unattended computers. Sometimes you cannot manage to keep an eye on everything that’s why we add Timeout option.
Assists compliance with federal regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and FISMA.

How it works in other encryption software

There are many disk encryption tools (TrueCrypt, OTFE) over the web with the ‘disconnect by the timeout‘ feature. It may work in a few plain and simple ways:

  • if there is no disk activity for a long time – it will be disconnected forcedly.
  • if there is no user activity for a long time – it will disconnect the disk forcedly.

But this may lead to data loss because the disk will be disconnected forcedly.

How it works in Rohos Disk Encryption

Rohos Disk uses the same principle but in a more elegant way.

  • Once you paused your PC or closed the lid of the laptop – your virtual encrypted disk is got locked.
  • The passphrase window will appear after you resume your PC or open the laptop. You’ll be able to enter password or to insert your secure token within 25 seconds. If the password wasn’t entered the disk is dismounting automatically.

  • Your encrypted information, Internet applications and hidden folders will remain out of reach for other people. Private data became inaccessible.

How to enable this feature:

Open Rohos Disk> Options > check on “Re-authenticate rohos disk after Windows resume”

Your security advantages with this feature:

  • Just close your laptop – to lock your Encrypted Disk
  • When you use Sleep feature in Windows – you are locking your private disk automatically.
  • The opened Applications and Documents from the disk remains open but in order to continue to work with it – you need to enter disk password again.

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How to access your encrypted partition on a guest PC in Windows 7

Rohos Disk Encryption and Rohos Mini Drive software presents tools that encrypt and hide your private, confidential data on the USB flash drive or HDD. Both programs include Rohos Disk Browser utility that gives possibility to access your encrypted disk even as a guest or user with no Administrative Rights. You can open and look through encrypted disk, add new information, even if you do not have administrative rights. It is also possible to view content of the encrypted disk on computer where Rohos Disk was never been installed.

On a guest computer where you have no administrative rights Rohos Mini Drive Portable will be automatically launched and you will be able to work with your encrypted partition, which is seen as Windows Explorer.


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How to create password protected and encrypted CD\DVD disk

Many users keep important personal information on HDD and did not realize they need to create a safety copy of the files – BackUp. It is necessary to make personal archive on the CD/DVD periodically. And more important is to protect data medium. You can transport private data on CD without been stressed about data security. Even if you lost the CD with confidential information nobody will have access to this secret information (documents, private photos, music, video). To provide good privacy protection on the CD the data should be password protected and encrypted.

Rohos Disk Encryption is a perfect tool to encrypt CD\DVD. This requires a blank CD\DVD, Rohos Disk Encryption already installed on computer, and an application for CD burning (e.g. Nero, Roxio Creator, Express Burn, Windows 7 CD\DVD disk burning feature).

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Encrypted Firefox profile. Troubleshooting.

How to restore your Firefox profile?

Rohos Disk Encryption creates encrypted partition on computers or USB flash drives.  “Hide folder” option in Rohos Disk Encryption brings affordable and AES 256 strength encryption solution to improve security issues by preventing unauthorized access to your Internet apps, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Skype on your PC by local or network users. Your encrypted Firefox profile save all passwords, bookmarks, history after web surfing into Rohos disk. We have tested this feature for more then four months. During our testing it was determined the only bag. Although it is not so essential but we want to share with you how to fix this bag.

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How to setup iPhone as a wireless key to your Mac

Rohos Logon Key for Mac allows to use any mobile phone as a key to your PC or Mac. This is possible thanks to bluetooth technology. Each mobile phone with a bluetooth module has it is own unique ID. Rohos Logon monitor all bluetooth devices that is discoverable near your Mac and authenticate user as soon as your iPhone is detected. Here we post a few screenshots on how to setup this feature.

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Rohos Logon Key v. 2.9 with RFID reader easyident FS-2044 support

Tesline-Service SRL encourages new technologies. Now Rohos Logon Key allows to use a various of easyident RFID tags for Windows logon. Thanks to awinta.de We have got a sample of easyident FS-2044 RFID reader, produced by FS Fertigungsservice (Germany).

This RFID can read and write a few types of Tags produced by the company, including one handy Hitag bracelet EM4100. RFID tag EM4100 is a read-only RFID tag with a 40 bit unique ID which is read automatically by RFID reader FS-2044.

This space-saving device with dimensions 91 x 91 x 14 mm is very compact. Easy to install, you only need to setup the drivers for Windows from the official web site. We have successfully integrated this device with Rohos Logon Key v.2.8. The easyident FS-2044 is one in a multiple devices that can be use in Rohos Logon Key for secure login your Windows computer.

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How to lock Skype and encrypt Skype profile folder

Today Skype offers cool features like chatting, file sharing, video calls and even calls to landlines. However your instant message history, contacts list, phone numbers etc, are stored in an open form. Anyone who is using your PC could read this information with special tool. Also children are exposed to on-line dangers such as bullying, viruses and obscene material.

Here is the solution on how to lock your Skype application from Kids and encrypt your Skype profile folder with your IM history and other private data. This solution is also applied for such applications like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.


So why do you need to lock Skype Application?

Your Skype profile contains a lot of confidential data like contact list, IM-history, calls history etc. This data  is not encrypted by default. It means anyone who uses your PC can use this information easily. If you have one computer to use for all 5 members of your family or live with a roommate then you’d probably like to have a higher level of privacy for you Skype chat logs, received files and many other.

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How to password protect Google Chrome profile with encryption

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers for Windows. However it doesn’t have a master password feature. It means all of your passwords, credit card number, web logins are open for anybody who uses your PC.
Here you will find out how to protect your Google Chrome profile including history  with a master password and strong encryption. This solution is also applied for Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Skype.

Master Password and web logins

As a Firefox user I should say that I love the security measures Mozilla Firefox took, meaning its Master Password. It’s something that Google Chrome definitely missing. Anyone using your PC can easily retrieve your web logins and passwords saved in Chrome by using some tricks or tools like ChromePass. Bookmarks and history are also opened for anyone. Google Chrome saves your data in plain form so you have a risk of finding your private information being looked through or even stolen.

Password Management

Every browser released in the last decade has some sort of password management system, and Google Chrome is no different. Any time a password is saved, you’re first prompted with the save password bar. In Chrome, this feature is called Password Manager. It is responsible for a lot of stuff, but what we really care about whether these passwords and web logins are well protected and the best way would be to password protect the whole Google Chrome folder with its contents: cookies, browsing history, download history, bookmarks, cache etc.

Rohos Mini Drive – best free portable encryption utility that will easily password protect your Google Chrome profile.

Today I’ll show you how to keep your Chrome data secure, and encrypt the whole profile directory with Rohos encryption programs so anyone else won’t have the ability to access Chrome and explore your privacy any more.

Requirements:

  • Installed Rohos Mini Drive (freeware) or Rohos Disk Encryption (shareware).
  • Created virtual encrypted disk.
  • At least 100 mb free space on the virtual encrypted disk.
  • Google Chrome application should be closed.
  • If you have Google Desktop application you need to close it also (and stop GoogleDesktop.exe process)

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Rohos Logon Key v.2.8 with MiFare smart cards provides safeguard physical and network access.

Chisinau, Moldova (08/04/10)  Tesline-Service today announced that now its two-factor authentication solution Rohos Logon Key v.2.8 supports MiFare S50/S70 smart cards to provide the most secure physical and network access to Windows systems.

The use of Smart Cards for user authentication is considered to be the strongest form of authentication and combines something physical (Smart Card) with confidential information (PIN) to provide what is known as “two-factor authentication.” Rohos Logon Key along with MiFare is a perfect solution for companies with environment that requires many employees to log into just one or only a few PCs. It will help thousands of organizations balance user convenience with strong security to create a competitive advantage and maintain trust within the enterprise.

The solution provides one of the most advanced authentication solutions available, using RFID smart card technology with the following benefits:

  • Avoid constant friction wears away the interface between token and PC
  • Possibility to use Mifare token with Rohos Logon Key as an Access Card used in the community, company
  • Supports Remote Desktop login using Microsoft Remote Desktop Control utility

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KeyLess mode. When you need to unplug USB key for a while.

One of Rohos customers gave us an interesting tip for the program, Rohos Logon Key

Сitation:

“In our office the CPUs are under the tables, but USB cords are out on the tables for USB plugging convenience. When you need to plug in another USB device (for example your camera) the USB key should be temporarily unplugged (there is such option in Natural Login, it’s called keyless mode). It helps to prevent immediate access lock but in return it locks the machine let’s say after 3 minutes”


Now Rohos Logon Key has the same option – for the time being it’s available only through registry (USB_Key_remove_behaviour, see UserGuide).

How it works:

  • Upon USB key removal nothing happens.
  • In ## seconds (see USB_Key_remove_behaviour) the program locks computer and right away tries to unlock it with USB key.
  • If there is no key plugged in, the computer stays locked.

Most wanted portable data encryption tool

We always care what people say about Rohos in their blogs and across forums. As a result we spent much time also surfing the web reading security news, talks about Rohos and other encryption products in many languages. This gives us important feedback about what people expect from data security products in order to protect sensitive information.

Here are the features of the most wanted data security tool for usb flash drives …

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Review of Hardware Encryption vulnerability of Kingston and SanDisk USB flash drives

The Kingston Technology company, a leader in the production of safe USB drives, and one of the first ones that started producing USB flash drive with hardware encryption (Kingston DataTraveler Secure) announced that some of its models of USB flash drives with hardware protection feature are vulnerable. The announcement was posted on the company’s web site saying that with the help of some tools you can access this USB drive (i.e. hack it without a password). News regarding some models of Kingston being prone to cracking is very surprising because these flash drives have been certified in compliance with FIPS 140-2.

Everything started with the fact that the German company SySS published a document entitled “Companies SySS hacked USB flash drive with hardware encryption Kingston certified FIPS 104-2”. In this document they describe in details the authentication protocol between the drive and the program (the user), which they found on the basis of intercepted USB traffic + vulnerability that was discovered. And also some screenshots of the utility, which is embedded in the process of authentication program for USB drives, and as a result – we may enter any password and access will be granted.
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On-the-fly encryption without administrative rights.

On-the-fly encryption without administrative rights is possible!

As you know many disk encryption softwares lack the ability to be used on a Public computers (without having Administrative rights). Because they need to install virtual disk driver first, but this is possible only when you have Administrative rights (i.e. only on your Home PC). This issue becomes more significant when portable encryption solution is needed.

Encrypted disk explorers
A very few disk encryption solutions have a portable Disk Explorer utility that allows working with an encrypted disk image in an off-line manner (without mounting virtual disk letter). But you can’t work with the files as regular, you can only extract the needed file outside Disk Explorer and then open it. Then you need to Import file back to the Disk Explorer if you have changed it. In this case “On-The-Fly encryption” principle doesn’t work. And there is security disadvantage – you may leave ‘un-encrypted files’ somewhere, and you can’t work with big files.

But now Rohos Mini Drive enhances portable encryption and offers “On-The-Fly encryption” even in traveler mode by using Rohos Disk Browser:

  • Now you can double click any file to open it immediately in associated application. And work with it in a regular way.
  • You can open big files (for instance watch an encrypted AVI file, listen to music).
  • There is no ‘un-encrypted’ data stored on a Guest PC or unsecured part of USB flash drive.
  • you can run Portable Applications! (experimental feature. not all of the Apps may work)

Rohos Mini Drive creates encrypted partition on any USB flash drive and you can use it on any PC. You can also use this partition on Public PCs without having administrative rights. This is possible by using Rohos Disk Browser that allows opening any Rohos partition container (FAT/FAT32/NTFS, read/write), browse it, extract files and now Virtualize Files for any application.

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Lock Mac OS Snow Leopard with USB Key

Apple is expected to release Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard two months after WWDC ’09. Today we have updated install package of Rohos Logon Key for Mac OS X. Now for those who already migrated to Snow it’s possible to lock Mac with a USB Key security. Rohos Logon Key allows converting any USB flash drive into a security Key to access your Mac without entering password each time.

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Test: How to password protect Ceedo on 8GB drives

To our laboratory were delivered USB flash drives – Kingston DataTraveler 101 and Transcend JF V10, both of 8GB capacity. The tests we had run were mostly focused on compatibility and functionality of these USB flash drives with Rohos Mini Drive that creates hidden and password protected partitions on USB drives.  Additionally, we discovered a way of locking Ceedo by moving it to the Rohos partition.

How do you prefer to protect your important files and folders in your USB flash drive?

Rohos Mini Drive – allows to create an encrypted partition on your USB flash drive, where you store your private data and applications. You can open these data on a guest computer without having Admin rights. Did we mention that it’s free?

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