If you’ve never thought about security for your computer, you’re in the extreme minority. SCM Microsystems makes a product that I’ve found incredibly simple to use and highly effective at protecting my data. It’s called the CHIPDRIVE® MyKey™, a new, highly secure USB device that makes it safer and easier for people to access the Internet and information networks.
Using smart card technology, CHIPDRIVE® MyKey stores passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information by streamlining the act of username/password requests, along with other data required to access your frequently visited sites. You simply insert the drive into a USB slot on a PC or notebook and enter a PIN to automatically answer login password requests, access personal data and easily fill in online forms.
No longer do you have to rely on memory or your username/password diary. The CHIPDRIVE MyKey holds the encrypted information instead of the PC, so once the device is removed the information is not available to anyone else. This better protects privacy, identity and sensitive data, particularly in situations where others may have access to the computer, such as at work or at Internet cafes or airport kiosks.
The CHIPDRIVE MyKey solution and SCM Microsystems received a 2008 Innovation Award for IT Security from the German-based Initiative for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), an organization that provides IT consulting and market trend analysis. Since 2004, the Innovation Award has been presented annually for select new products based on criteria including benefit, innovation, and suitability for SMEs. The award jury consists of scientists, industry experts and specialized journalists. This year’s jury evaluated 1,600 products, solutions and services for SMEs.
“The fact that the judges selected CHIPDRIVE MyKey from a field of 1,600 entries is a great testimony to the work of our team and how well our solution fits the needs of today’s IT security market,” said Dietmar Wendling, vice president marketing of SCM Microsystems. “We are also excited that SCM’s CHIPDRIVE brand is gaining recognition for its easy to use productivity and security solutions for small and medium businesses.”
The CHIPDRIVE MyKey package includes the CHIPDRIVE MyKey USB Token, a pre-cut CHIPDRIVE Masterkey 24k chip card and accompanying software on CD-ROM. More information is available at www.chipdrive.net.
Through its CHIPDRIVE product line, SCM Microsystems offers affordable, customized solutions for security, authentication, home banking and e-commerce to small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals. CHIPDRIVE secure card readers are based on industry standards and are ideal for providing user authentication and home banking. Smart card-based software solutions for applications such as network logon and time recording round off the range of CHIPDRIVE products. CHIPDRIVE stands for compatibility with industrial standards, easy handling and highest possible security. For more information, please visit www.chipdrive.net.
About SCM Microsystems
SCM Microsystems is a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services. The company develops, markets and sells the industry’s broadest range of smart card reader technology for secure PC, network and physical access and digital media readers for transfer of digital content to OEM customers in the government, financial, enterprise, consumer electronics and photographic equipment markets worldwide. Global headquarters are in Ismaning, Germany. For additional information, visit the SCM Microsystems web site at www.scmmicro.com.
Published on May 7, 2010