Gatekeeper Two-Factor Authentication review: Needs a consumer-grade overhaul

    Securing your PC with greater than only a PIN or password is simple with Windows Hello’s biometric logins; nonetheless, not each PC has the {hardware} to make use of it and a few customers simply don’t need to retailer their fingerprint or have their iris scanned by Windows 10, it doesn’t matter what the privateness guarantees are.

    Enter the Gatekeeper Wireless Security Key from Untethered Labs. This Bluetooth system works as a one-touch login in your PCs, in addition to a password supervisor that additionally shops your one-time password codes for two-factor authentication.

    It sounds nice, however in my view this product simply isn’t prepared for shoppers. It was initially designed for enterprises, and as a substitute of modifying it for the patron market Untethered is providing the identical product to the lanyard-less lots. The finish result’s that Gatekeeper has some trade-offs for residence customers and simply isn’t a sensible software for most individuals. 

    First, don’t mistake Gatekeeper as an alternative choice to units just like the Yubikey. Gatekeeper is extra restricted as a two-factor authentication gadget because it doesn’t assist FIDO2 one-touch logins for web sites. That could by no means change as Gatekeeper doesn’t retailer info the best way one thing like Yubikey does. All essential info stays secured on the PC as a substitute.

    The system


    The main dashboard for the Gatekeeper shopper.

    Gatekeeper has three main elements: the Bluetooth key fob known as the Halberd, a low-profile USB Bluetooth sensor, and the Gatekeeper shopper software program. There’s additionally a password supervisor browser extension for Chrome and Firefox.

    The Halberd runs on a CR2450, 3-volt battery, whereas the Bluetooth sensor is powered by the PC.

    Gatekeeper manages logins through the desktop software program, and setup is a relative snap. The one situation I’ve is that the desktop software program makes use of enterprise language that could be exhausting for some folks to grasp. You have to decide on between a neighborhood or area  account, for instance. Either will work primarily based on our assessments, however native is the simplest selection for many customers.

    The remainder of the setup is an easy case of selecting a PIN and connecting the Halberd to the desktop software program. The Halberd can be utilized on a number of PCs, although every will want a Bluetooth sensor.

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