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Readers' Choice 2010 Best Authentication Products

Readers vote on the best digital identity verification products, services, and management systems, including PKI, hardware and software tokens, smart cards.

ActivIdentity SecureLogin Single Sign-On

When implementing authentication tools, organizations often struggle with bringing the technology to a large and evolving number of end users. Scalability, however, is what gave ActivIdentity SecureLogin Single Sign-On top honors in this year's authentication category. Readers praised its ability to adapt to increasing demands and also noted the product's effectiveness in securing credentials against cracking or discovery. The tool enables password management, enforces password policies and offers SSO authentication for both local and remote users.

RSA, The Security Division of EMC

RSA SecurID, this year's silver medalist, provides two-factor authentication using hardware token authenticators, software authenticators, authentication agents and appliances. Tokens generate authentication codes at fixed intervals (every 60 seconds, according to RSA). Aside from nods to the product's scalability, survey respondents especially appreciated SecurID's ability to keep credentials from being compromised. A handful of those voting also agreed that the product was easy to integrate and had few compatibility issues.

VeriSign Identity Protection Authentication Service

Like users of the previously mentioned products, readers familiar with the VeriSign Identity Protection Authentication Service felt confident that their valuable credentials were secure from external attackers looking to crack passwords. Users gave the VeriSign product the bronze this year, mainly noting its credential security capabilities, but also mentioning its scalability, ease of use and return on investment. The cloud-based service keeps the end user's identity information within the enterprise, sending a security code and credential ID to VeriSign for authentication.


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This was last published in September 2010

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