September 28, 2016

World’s First USB Based Two-factor Authentication for Email

(LiveHacking.Com) – Swiss Hacker GmBh, a Swiss IT security company that offers its services via a SaaS model, has launched Secure Mail Key a two-factor authentication email solution. By using the supplied USB key (which works with Windows, OS X and Linux) SMK have developed a secure messaging solution to protect sensitive emails from hackers. The traditional single factor authentication method of username and password is inadequate to protect sensitive commercial or military information. By using social engineering, keyloggers, man-in-the-middle attacks or phishing attacks it is possible to discover and exploit users’ passwords.

However with a two-factor authentication system the second authentication factor (normally a pin or token generated by an external device) needs to be entered for successful login. With SMK the second factor is automatically generated by the supplied USB key. Simply pressing the button on the key causes the device to generate a unique one time password which is automatically filled into the relevant field on the login page.

Google introduced optional two-factor authentication for its gmail service earlier this year. Having entered your password, Google will call you with the code, send you an SMS message or give you the choice to generate the code for yourself using a mobile application on your Android, BlackBerry or iOS device. However Google’s services only use SSL during the login phase. SMK however use a secure connection end to end via Cloudflare.

Other benefits of SMK include:

  • Military grade encryption
  • Govt. approved : DOD, ANSI standard and tested by over 1000 Hackers
  • No Key-loggers, Virus, phishing attacks are possible