Maintenance release for Rohos Disk Encryption v. 1.9

Good news for Rohos Disk fans. We announce the new release of the software with some more improvements. These features are not so evident but they help to make application more suitable for users. Improvements are applicable for both Rohos Disk Encryption v. 1.9 and Rohos Mini Drive v. 1.9

Known issues:

  • When you connect your secured disk with help of Rohos Mini from the USB flash drive the windows explorer will be opened automatically after you enter the password.
  • When you decide to delete the disk from the USB flash drive this will remove all the Rohos files. This reduces manual cleaning of the USB thumb.
  • When you use CD/DVD as a vault for your private data: while opening the hidden partition Rohos Disk Browser will show you the path. Even if you have renamed it previously for higher confidentiality Rohos is able to determine it quickly.
  • Minor bug fixing.


Lock your Mac with Rohos Logon Key.

This new video shortly presents the way Rohos Logon Key works in Mac OS X. It shows the main options and features of the new software release. Rohos Logon Key allows to use any USB key for secure authentication in Mac. We also will see that Rohos Logon Key allows you to quickly LOCK or UNLOCK your Mac with the help of USB flash drive. It turn your USB flash drive in secure token to protect your laptop. The authentication solution is able to unlock System preferences.

Coming soon FREE Rohos Logon Key for Mac.

Wireless PC Lock – USB stick and wireless token in your pocket

Recently we were asked by our customers – is this possible to use “Wireless PC lock” tokens with Rohos Logon Key for user authentication into Windows. This week we got a sample of this product into our Lab and we are going to test it and then integrate into Rohos if possible.

We ordered our sample from SPIRIT-ON Enterprise Co. Ltd based on Taiwan. This hardware vendor produces PC accessories including RFID devices. This is the basic idea of the wireless token (scanned from the box):

When you step away from the computer with the token – it locks the desktop immediately and vice versa coming back will unlock the desktop.

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Hardware encryption stands guard over your data security. Kingston DataTraveler Vault review.

In the last five years people and companies all over the world experienced a few significant and numerous smaller data security incidents. In short, sensitive data that in the eyes of its owner is priceless is under daily attack. The protection is important especially if you travel a lot and you do not want to be hassled. If you’re looking for a safe and secure way to transport very sensitive data, you should really take a good look at this flash drive. The DataTraveler Vault from Kingston is a state-of-the-art flash drive featuring hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Read more

Data security and authentication with Kanguru USB drive

These days login-mania requirement is to keep your data secure while maintaining your sanity. This time we’d like to present you authentication solution for Windows logon – Rohos Logon Key with Kanguru Defender, a hard combination to beat, regardless of what others may say.

The Kanguru Defender is a highly secure hardware encryption device that might meet or even exceed your security pretensions. Comparing it to previously reviewed IronKey we should emphasize that it’s easy to use and quite affordable – $49 USD.

Kanguru takes two-step approach to securing sensitive data:

  1. At the device level Kanguru starts with military grade hardware based AES encryption.
  2. Adds the ability to remotely manage your Kanguru Defender from a central location. The Kanguru Defender does not come with KRMC enabled by default. (for more information about KRMC, visit: http://shop.kanguru.com/index.php/flash-management/krmc)

Main features:

  • Password protected and encrypted data partition for your secure files
  • Does NOT require Admin privileges on any PC to open secure partition.
  • Write protect switch (actually this may safe you from viruses on guest PC)
  • Has only 1 secret drive. There is no Open and Secret partition options.
  • Password reset allow to turn USB drive configuration into factory defaults and create new password once again.

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Yubikey 2.0 Setup Dynamic configuration for Rohos Logon with static AES key

Some time ago we got  YubiKey 2.0. and YubiKey 2.0 RFID devices from Yubico. Both of them are 2.01.1 firmware versions. The newer key (on the picture is above) a bit thicker, has a special circular press area and the body is more steady.

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Ironkey security review (part 2).

We go on with tests with IronKey. And in this part we’d like to tell you more about the features and functionality of the drive.  The new S200 IronKey model is now compatible with Windows 7. The IronKey S200 1GB is high end and its price reflects that – 79$ USD. Our verdict for this part: screwed-on device and features that makes USB flash drive the most secure and user life a bit complicated.


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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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BioSlimDisk biometric security token, Review, Comparison.

Dear friends, recently we have covered “BioSlimDisk Signature” compatibility with some Rohos products. Now it’s time to review device security capabilities, compare it with other Biometric USB flash drives with fingerprint scanners and give you some hi-res photos of the device.

In brief, BioSlimDisk is a USB flash drive with hardware level encryption (AES 256 bit key length) and hardware level Biometric authentication.

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Rohos Logon Key v.2.0 for Mac OS X

(Updated 16 Nov 2009)

Are you using Mac? You’d be glad to learn that we have just released new Rohos Logon Key v. 2.0 for Mac OS X to ensure safe and secure authentication. It works for both Leopard and Snow Leopard versions. We are here working hard to provide you with the very best services we can and we look forward to continuing to do so into the future.

With this completely new version Rohos Logon adds convenient authentication security for Mac OS X login and unlocking after a screen saver. But also works like a security Key for privileged operations made by the user during installing software, changing system preferences, etc. So you don’t need to enter your password manually in most cases.

What’s new:

  • Re-implemented login screen. Now Rohos Logon replaces Mac OS X logon screen.
  • “Screen Saver Password” dialog box is replaced by Rohos Logon.
  • Rohos Logon dialog box also replaces System Keychain authentication dialog box. This dialog box authenticates almost all privileged operations made by the user (installing software, changing system preferences, etc.).

Download Rohos Logon Key for Mac 2.0: rohos_logon.zip

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Rohos Disk v.1.6. Rohos Disk Browser supports NTFS in “read-write” mode.

Exciting news!

Rohos Disk Encryption brings new and exciting opportunities for its users  to work with encrypted partition created on USB flash drive in NTFS format. Now NTFS partitions opened on a PC with no Admin rights via Rohos Disk Browser work in “read-write” mode.

Rohos Disk Encryption is one of the leading solutions for data security has enhanced opportunity to use your secured disk in the most effective way. Having large encrypted partitions, e.g. 100 GB, you easily work (read and edit) with your data on any PC.

Download v.1.6

What’s new:

Rohos Disk Encryptionchoose the right solution for your precious data security.

Rohos Logon Key v.2.7 for Windows Seven

Windows Seven support for Rohos.

Rohos Logon Key v.2.7. offers two-factor authentication solution for Windows Seven based on various USB tokens and authentication devices. By using a strong and secured password stored on a USB token you can improve your computer security.

What’s new in Rohos Logon Key 2.7:

  • Updated installer:
    – Now Setup package copy correct help file according to installation language
    + Added Japanese and Chinese languages
  • Supports new USB tokens and authentication devices:
    + Touchatag RFID proximity tags (former TikiTag).  Wireless tags for Windows logon.
    + Swekey OTP token (Offline + Online validation, see Options link )
    + Securetoken ST2, ST3 (PKCS11 based tokens). ST3 has an auto-install feature.
    + Senselock trueToken EL (ultra-small PKCS11 based token)
  • Improved Windows Vista/Seven support
    – fixed Rohos Logon Credential icon in Vista UAC dialog. Now USB tokens with PIN code can be used to get credentials for any elevation.
    – fixed Windows Remote Desktop support.
  • Major improvements in  ‘Bluetooth logon’ feature.

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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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Rohos Logon Key for Mac 1.7: Touchatag logon

(updated on 20 April, 09)

We would like to publish Rohos Logon Key for Mac v.1.7. beta.

What’s new:

  1. Supports Yubikey OTP validation on the Yubico’s server.
  2. Added new USB Key type: Touchatag RFID reader + tags.
  3. Fixed security bug with YubiKey static authentication, in some cases it was possible to unlock Mac by entering YubiKey ID. The bug affects only screen saver unlock window.
  4. Fixed PIN code dialog, now it can be closed by the user in case of PIN/YubiKey authentication failure.
  5. Improved PIN code function, now after 3 wrong attempts to enter PIN the USB Key will be blocked. It means it will not be possible to use it as a logon key. To unblock the USB key, open Rohos application and change PIN code (only the blocked USB Key should be connected).
  6. Improved compatibility with Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.*)

Download v.1.7 beta.

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Swekey OTP token

(Updated: 10 Jan, 2010)

We would like to present you a new OTP token, which recently has come to us from France, it is Swekey. Production Company Musbe, Inc (France), promotes it as an easy to use and inexpensive OTP token (One Time Password) to access web resources. Swekey business model  – a premium subscription service for the Swekey OTP authentication through the Web site of Musbe.

Support for this token was added to Rohos Logon Key 2.7 (beta). Rohos supports both offline and online use case for this token (validate just Swekey ID or OTP validation on he Musbe web site).

Mac users already can use Swekey in Rohos Logon Key as a ‘usb flash drive’ device because Swekey contains onboard serial number.

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Rohos Logon Key v.2.7 beta: Senselock, Swekey, Touchatag, Securetoken

(updated 30 June)

Rohos Logon Key v.2.7. – two-factor authentication solution for Windows now supports the new types of USB tokens and authentication devices, improved Windows Seven support.

What’s new list:

1. Updated installer:

– Now Setup package copy correct help file according to installation language.
+ Added Japanese and Chinese languages UI

2. New USB tokens:

+ Touchatag RFID reader and proximity tags (former TikiTag).  Wireless tags for Windows logon.
+ Swekey OTP token (Offline + online OTP validation, see ‘Token options’ link in Rohos Logon Options)
+ Securetoken ST2, ST3 ( PKCS11 based tokens). ST3 is a driverless token and has an auto-install feature.
+ Senselock trueToken  (ultra-small PKCS11 based token). Software protection token adopted for authentication purposes.

3. fixed Rohos Logon Credential icon in Vista UAC dialog. Now USB tokens with PIN code can be used to get credentials for any elevation. See screen shots below. Also improved Remote Desktop support.

4. Major Improvements in  ‘Bluetooth logon’ feature.

  • Now Rohos Logon supports WidComm Bluetooth stack, thus supporting more Laptops.
  • Improved compatibility with Nokia PC Suite. Now rohos support remembered and paired bluetooth devices and correctly detect when the BT device is our of the range.

Download beta (2Mb)

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Video: Access your Windows computer with YubiKey

The video shows thorough instructions on how to set up and use YubiKey for secure Windows logon. “Also Rohos Logon Key supports YubiKey with static password and dynamic OTP” – says Alex. “As an additional level of protection Rohos Logon doesn’t allow to type in the OTP manually, denying such OTPs.”

Video: Access Remote Desktop with YubiKey

The video shows how to set up YubiKey for Remote Desktop access. “In order to use YubiKey for RDP you need to install Rohos Logon Key Server Version“- says Alex. “USB Key Management Utility from Server Version allows you to add and set up Yubikey.” To learn more on how to set up YubiKey in Rohos Logon Key please, read