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January 2005

Authentication: RSA SecurID 6.0 for Windows

RSA SecurID 6.0 for Windows RSA Security Price: RSA SecurID tokens: $50-60/user; Authentication Manager: $45-55/user @exb RSA SecurID 6.0 for Windows @exe With the newest version of its venerable SecurID, RSA Security addresses the inherent weakness of password-based security using a key fob that generates unique one-time passcodes every minute. SecurID has been around since the mid-'80s, but, for the first time, RSA SecureID 6.0 for Windows extends two-factor authentication to domain resources and offline users. Passwords are an administrative headache and a security risk. Static passwords can be used repeatedly if they're stolen, but strong passwords are difficult to remember--they're long and filled with combinations of numbers, letters and characters. The common result is help desks swamped with calls about forgotten passwords. With SecurID, the user only needs to remember a four-digit PIN combined with their SecurID's one-time passcode to gain access. In the background, an authentication agent verifies the password, and the...

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