USB Token

USB Token

USB Tokens are the physical devices that are available in every organizations and companies. It plays a very important role because it establishes a personal identity without the use of password so that it can access a network. It helps in identifying the user electronically.

Apart from securing Digital Signature, USB Tokens can be used to secure the following:

  1. In USB tokens, the private key is present inside the token and it cannot pass outside the token and as a result digital signatures are created on tokens while signing the operation.
  2. Apart from digital signatures, USB tokens also store fingerprints that are used as cryptographic keys.
  3. USB Tokens are reliable.
  4. Network/Application Logon
  5. E-mail Communications
  6. VPN Access (Virtual Private network)
  7. Access for Extranets & Intranets
  8. On-line Banking/Stock Brokerage

Uninstall USB Trust Key Token

To uninstall USB Trust Key Token, you need to follow the same Procedure like other Software, where it is Uninstalled from the ‘Add and Remove Programs’ panel of Windows Control Panel.

What is a USB -Token?

USB Token is hardware device, which is used to store Digital Signatures Certificate for security. It is secure device and certified by International standards (FIPS). All Digital Certificate subscribers must to store their DSCs on FIPS Certified USB Tokens only. DSC stored in USB Token can not be copied to any other device. CCA (Controller of Certifying Authority) as well as all Certifying Authrorities i.e. eMudhra, (n)Code Solutions, Sify and TCS recommend to use FIPS certified tokens only. There are number of USB tokens available in India which are FIPS Certified, for example Watchdata USB Token, Trustkey Token from Watchdata Singapore, Aladdin eToken from Israel and few others like Gemalto, Athena, ePass from Fetian, China which are FIPS Certified. The only token which is FIPS Certified and plug n play (Built in driver with 1MB Flash memory) available is Trustkey from Watchdata.

USB Token is hardware mechanism used for password authentication via using identity management technique and provides hacking problem solution to the user. It fits in the USB port of the computer. Besides, it is also very useful where security is must like personal computer or cyber cafe pc. It can be most widely used in accessing E-banking, E-commerce, stock trading, and online data and money transactions tasks. Digital Signature Certificates are now used in various applications are of various types like Class II, Class III. Class 3 digital signature certificates are mostly used e-tendering and e-procurement. Class 2 digital signature certificate are mainly used for efiling e.g digital signature certificate for EPFO, Digital Signature for Income Tax, Digital Signature for MCA etc.

Proxkey USB Token

The Proxkey USB Token is a hardware cryptographic module validated against the FIPS 140-2 at security level. It is a USB-based PKI, two-factor authentication token device. It provides digital signature generation/verification for online authentications and data encryption/decryption for online transactions. The user's private and public key pairs can be generated and stored on the embedded chip. Trustkey has 32K EEPROM and 64K FLASH for the on-card file system divided into the basic areas and extended area. The user's key pairs reside in the EEPROM. The private key can never be exported. The implementation of FIPS-Approved cryptographic algorithms are tested under the Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP).

Proxkey provides the USB interface that can connect the module to a General Purpose Computer (GPC) in a "plug and play" manner, which eliminates the need to install Smart Card Reader drivers. The WatchKey implements type A USB 1.1 (full speed) specifications and USB CCID (Circuit(s) Cards Interface Device) protocol which enables communication with ISO/IEC 7816 smart cards over USB.

How USB Token Works?

  1. Application providers issue the USB token with authentication CA certificate to users.
  2. Users should insert the USB token if they want to use the applications.
  3. During users online transaction process, USB token should digitally sign the key information, and then send it to the back-end for verification.
  4. After the successful verification, the transaction process is completed; otherwise, the application system from the back-end should terminate the transaction

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