Laguna Hills, CA--February 24, 1997--Productivity Enhancement Products Inc. (PEP; Laguna Hills, CA) introduced the Authenticator. The Authenticator is a smart card reader that acts as a security "wedge" between the PC and its keyboard. It provides PC users with full security capabilities for home banking and stock transaction protection, and Internet and PC control.
Priced at $149, the Authenticator, allows coded information to be stored on smart cards and processed by the reader, providing greater transaction protection and easy access to confidential documents.
A remote unit from the PC, the compact device is the size of a pocket calculator. It isolates the keyboard from the computer when entering secret information, such as PIN numbers. The user's private access code is submitted to the card and is not forwarded to the PC, eliminating the possibility of interception by viruses and assuring secrecy of the PIN code required to unlock the card.
The Authenticator may also be used to control and protect PC access. It allows security systems for PCs to be developed that require the user to insert the smart card into the Authenticator and enter a secret PIN.
Scheduled to ship this spring, PEP's Authenticator will initially be available through OEMs and resellers. Resellers' and OEMs' orders will be accepted by calling Bob Morgan at PEP's order line: (800) 451-3475.
26072 Merit Circle
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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