Security Log

A Future Without Passwords

The future doesn't include password-protected screen savers. My company plans to replace passwords with private keys on smart cards that will let users access the building, their computers and even vending machines.

Ultimately, however, we'd like to install a proximity badge system such as XyLoc from Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Ensure Technologies Inc. (www.xyloc.com ). This transceiver-based system automatically logs in the user when he approaches his desk and locks the screen when he walks away. Users can carry a small key device, or, better yet, they can use the technology with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.

Norton Covers IM

Symantec Corp. in Cupertino, Calif., this month plans to ship a version of Norton AntiVirus designed to deter viruses that might be transmitted via instant messaging client software. Norton AntiVirus 2003 will scan incoming file attachments received via instant messaging products.

Norton AntiVirus 2003 costs $49.95, with a $20 rebate available for existing antivirus product customers who are upgrading.

RealSecure Update

Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems Inc. has upgraded its RealSecure Desktop Protector, adding more security features to work with virtual private networks, as well as features designed to block the spread of worms and other unwanted applications.

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