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SOLID webKey is simple security
November 2017, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security, News

Digital technology solutions provider Ansys Limited has announced the launch of its all-in-one online password vault and security authentication product, the SOLID webKey.

Thanks to its patented password protection technology, SOLID webKey can generate and store long, unique passwords for every site you visit, giving owners the best security while only having to remember one master password themselves.

Developed and designed in South Africa at Ansys’ design and manufacturing facility, SOLID webKey helps Internet users to follow global best practices for protecting online accounts, in a simple-to-use but highly secure manner.

With SOLID webKey, you can generate passwords that comply with any policy using the maximum length accepted by the application, without having to remember it.

How does it work?

SOLID webKey helps to protect online accounts in two critical ways. As a portable password vault, it enables web users to create long, unique passwords for every service that they regularly sign into, which are stored in an encrypted database which in turn can only be accessed with a single master password.

Passwords are stored on Flash memory on-board the physical SOLID webKey device, which can be plugged into a USB port on any PC. Once plugged in, the SOLID webKey synchronises with the SOLID KeyPass software, which is derived from the industry-standard open source KeePass Password Safe, for access.

The product also has a unique and patented 'liveliness' test as a second line of defence against loss of data, which requires a physical tap of the device before passwords can be accessed. This guards against the threat of malware which could steal passwords from the database after they have been decrypted.

Even strong passwords aren’t enough to defend against committed attackers, however, who may gain access to log-in credentials via phishing or other attacks.

To protect against this kind of threat, SOLID webKey's second core feature is that it can also act as a hardware token for two-factor authentication (2FA), and is compatible with the Universal Two-Factor (U2F) standard promoted by the FIDO Alliance.

U2F is supported by popular service providers such as Google, Facebook and Dropbox. When enabled as an account setting, users will only be able to log in to these services when the SOLID webKey is physically present and the device is tapped by the user.


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