SCM Microsystem has released the CHIPDRIVE MyKey in the U.S. The product, which utilizes an encrypted PIN-protected password manager with Microsoft Windows access and compatibility, has been circulating in Europe’s security solutions market for more than a year. SCM has now partnered with online retailers such as Amazon, Buy.com and Staples to make the product available in the U.S.
The CHIPDRIVE MyKey takes the form of a USB stick, addressing the needs of those looking for a portable and compact solution.
Additionally the password manager feature allows the user to access various sites from different locations without having to memorize each individual password by storing usernames and passwords on the smart card chip embedded in the USB device. Another feature called Compute Lock works to block intrusion by locking the PC upon a user simply removing the USB device.
These features, which are compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000, are said to be especially practical for notebook users, as it prevents access to all data even if the computer is lost or stolen.