Rohos Logon Key 1.2 review

Concerned your machine might be vulnerable to snoopers? Rohos Logon Key could be just what you’re looking for. Simply put, it transforms any USB key into a security dongle for your Mac. Once set up, you’ll need the USB key to log in to your machine. Without it your Mac will lock up and refuse access.

The way the system works is beautifully simple. Rohos stores your login details in a deeply encrypted format on the chosen USB key. When your machine starts up – if the software’s enabled – you’re prompted to insert the key instead of entering a password. The USB key and Rohos Logon Key log in for you. Remove the key and your desktop is automatically locked once more.

Configuring a USB key for the task is as easy as inserting it into your machine, choosing Add USB Key from the menu and entering your passwords when prompted. Once you’ve entered passwords for both your long and short login names, Rohos Logon Key is enabled. If you restart your Mac at this stage, with the USB key still in your machine, it will automatically log in for you.

It’s important to note that the USB key doesn’t replace your password. Instead it interrupts the logon process and passes the password on automatically. You can still log in to your system manually if required – if the USB key becomes corrupt, for example. Removing the key from your system is just as easy. You select it in the software’s simple main dialogue and click Off.

OUR VERDICT

We admit that we approached this software with a little trepidation. The idea of turning over access to our machine to an easily lost USB key is a little daunting. But the simplicity of Rohos Logon Key won us over.

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