Gatekeeper Two-Issue Authentication evaluate: Wants a consumer-grade overhaul

Securing your PC with greater than only a PIN or password is simple with Windows Hello’s biometric logins; nevertheless, 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 Home windows 10, it doesn’t matter what the privateness guarantees are.

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

It sounds nice, however for my part 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 plenty. The tip result’s that Gatekeeper has some trade-offs for house customers and simply isn’t a sensible device for most individuals. 

First, don’t mistake Gatekeeper as a substitute for 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 will by no means change as Gatekeeper doesn’t retailer data the way in which one thing like Yubikey does. All crucial data stays secured on the PC as a substitute.

The system

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The first dashboard for the Gatekeeper shopper.

Gatekeeper has three major parts: the Bluetooth key fob referred to 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 by way of the desktop software program, and setup is a relative snap. The one subject I’ve is that the desktop software program makes use of enterprise language that could be onerous for some folks to know. You must select between an area or area  account, for instance. Both will work primarily based on our exams, however native is the best 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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