Introducing the PIN code function of Hideez Key for Windows

Are you someone who understands the value of cybersafety in the modern world? If you had a key that locked every digital door just by walking away, wouldn’t it be wonderful? People also often ask, what if I lose my Hideez Key? The Hideez team works constantly to make improvements from our user feedback. And, we have a new solution to solve this problem.  

The second question most businesses ask is, what if I don’t want my employees to have to remember all their passwords? What if I want them to only remember a PIN, while all the complicated passwords kept safe inside of Hideez Key? Our new feature is sure to make your sysadmin happy. At least, there will not be any more I-forgot-my-password complains. Moreover, the company’s secret codes are all kept safe.  

What is the new feature about?

We would like to announce the new functionality of our flagship product, Hideez Key, that allows you to use an additional PIN code while your key still keeps entering your strongest passwords automatically. The feature is available only for Windows, but will soon be available for other devices as well.

Using the PIN code feature, you get additional protection. If you lose your Hideez Key, another person can’t use it, and all your data remains safe.

Is it free?

Just update Hideez Safe app and take advantage of the PIN code function.

How do I enable the PIN code feature?

Chose menu Devices/PC Locker on your Hideez Safe app for Windows and tick the “Use PIN code” box. Enter the current password and a short PIN code consisting of four digits. From now on, you just need your PIN to unlock your Windows device.  

How PIN code works

We know that medical patient data demands a high-level of protection. When Dr. Berns arrives at the clinic in the morning, he logs onto the computer initially using only a pin. Hideez Key inputs a strong password instead of the doctor. Then when he steps away from the computer it will lock itself, because the Hideez Key device has moved away from the computer.
What if a doctor Berns only has the computer and what if he has several devices? Let’s have a look at how that would work.

First, it is necessary to take into consideration some features of using Hideez Key:

– each Hideez Key should be initialized by the user
– Hideez Key sees and works only with preliminary paired devices. There may be up to 8 paired devices (PC, Mac, smartphones)
– at the same time, Hideez Key can establish one connection (a new beta version of firmware can have two connections)
– Hideez Key automatically connects to the first “familiar” device which is found based on the Bluetooth signal distance
– if some paired PCs are in the same room, the user can switch Hideez Key connections between them by long pressing the Hideez Key button

As the Bluetooth connection works up to 20 meters, there are some different cases for Hideez Key use:

1) one user – one paired PC (one to one)
2) one user – several paired PCs, each one in the different room outside the signal range

Cases 1) and 2) are trivial as the user doesn’t need to type in a PIN code or password. In these cases, the PIN code is not obligatory for login, however, it can be set for two-factor authentication of a user.

3) one user – several paired PCs in one room or within the signal range.
This case requires the user to choose which PC should have the connection to Hideez Key.

4) one PC – several users within the signal range
Case 4) assumes that the PC “sees” every user in the room, so “recognizing the radio signal level” should be adjusted, to differentiate the distance to each user.

When PCs are situated very close to each other (as in cases 3 and 4), it is very hard for a PC to differentiate which user is in front of it. In this case, the PIN code is used to be sure the user logs in to their account.

So if a doctor has several devices, it is very convenient to use the PIN code to be sure that he is connected to the right device. If doctor Berns has the only device paired with a Hideez Key, he may either use or not use the PIN code feature. But still, it is convenient to have a PIN code as two-factor authentication for additional safety.

Let’s talk about one more case with Ben, an IT specialist who works in a big company.

There is password policy that everyone should follow. Ben doesn’t like to create the strongest passwords and remember them. Moreover, he can’t leave notes with written passwords elsewhere according to password policy. If Ben had a PIN code to his computer on his Hideez Key, he wouldn’t have to create, change or remember strong passwords. He could just use a simple PIN code while the system administrator coped with the password issues remotely.  

CyberSecurity services need constant improvements. We are always glad to correspond with our customers and make the online world a safer place to be. If you have any suggestions, feel free to contact us via [email protected].

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