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hmmm wouldnt be kinda annoying when your typing it in then it changes right before you login... 30 seconds is pretty quick to change.
    
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The 6 digit code that you see on the token is generated using an algorithm that is exists in all tokens. The token also contains a clock and has a unique seed number. The current time and the unique seed are processed using the algorithm and produce the token code you see on the token. This is normally done 1 per minute. In this way a unique code is generated that appears to be random.

The server (Key Management server), that is online and conected to whatever system you are logging on to, also knows the time and it also knows the unique seed number of your token. So it uses the same algorithm to calculate the code that you should see on your token. If they match then you are authenticated.

This is a pretty secure authentication method. We call it 2 Factor Authentication (2FA). This is because you need to provide passcode (2 factor): pin and the code displayed on your token in order to do the authentication. The code on the security token would be changed every 30seconds/1 minute and expire after few years. The token can be hardware or software based token.

Hope this helps.
I have to also add that the server synchronises the time when you connect, re-correcting to a maximum gap of 1 minute or 30 seconds. My dad has one of these to get into the work servers remotely, and he said once that his colleague had to get his replaced because he hadn't logged in for so long, the tokens became too out-of-sync. (LOL!)
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hmmm wouldnt be kinda annoying when your typing it in then it changes right before you login... 30 seconds is pretty quick to change.
There is a leeway with the tokens, this leeway is usually one or two tokens forward or backward.
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Even if you get the device stolen, there still is your main password. I think it's still pretty good for anyone who uses Paypal frequently, for $5, you could save yourself problems...
    
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Back when my dad worked for IBM... this little guy caused some serious tornadoes in my house when he couldn't find it lol

Very nifty little guy.
    
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Back when my dad worked for IBM... this little guy caused some serious tornadoes in my house when he couldn't find it lol

Very nifty little guy.
Aha lol, I could imagine. Should integrate some GPS tracker inside lol.
    
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I use a cryptocard to login to our network from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

The device is 'toasted' where the numbers are scanned into the device and then linked to your network account.

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I have had one of these for several months back when they first came out.
Basically how it works is you enter the serial number and it associates that fob with your account and then I am sure based on the serial number there is a certain algorithm.

I seriously recommend anyone who uses paypal to get one it really makes me feel more secure and it is easy to use.
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post #18 of 25
been out for a LONG time..... and used to be free for some business accounts.

Seems more of a pain to use seeing as it's just another step you have to do and be quick about it.
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I just bought one
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Lol obviously no one listens to the Security Now Podcast
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