Safe and SafeDesktop

Description

Safe and SafeDesktop project are created so that a user need not remember all her login names and passwords. What is Safe? Nowadays, every person is forced to remember lots of sensitive data to interact with machines during daily life. For instance, automatic teller machines ask for numerical passwords and email accounts are protected by using loginnames and passwords. For many good reasons passwords should be difficult to guess and every password should be used for one account only. In reality, this makes it quite difficult for the average person to remember all the different passwords. Hence, people tend to choose easy to remember passwords and many persons re-use their passwords in such a way that the same password is used for many accounts. Even worse, it is quite common to write down passwords and stick the note to a screen frame. All these facilitations of remembrance lower the burden for hackers to get access to sensitive data and abuse computers. The idea behind Safe is that a user must not remember all her loginnames and passwords. Instead, the user utilizes her cell phone to store sensitive data in an encrypted way. Only one root password is required to be remembered to get access to the data. This concept works pretty well, because nowadays, cell phones are ubiquitous. Usually, cell phone owners carry the phones in their pocket regardless where they are going. So, running Safe on a cell phone means that passwords have no longer be to remembered and can be chosen as difficult as it can be. The only requirement is that the cell phone in question supports J2ME applications. What is SafeDesktop? SafeDesktop provides the same features as Safe does but it runs on desktop machines. Java is also used for the implementation of SafeDesktop. This allows SafeDesktop to be executed on almost all modern desktop operating systems (e.g., Microsoft Windows, Linux). A synchronization mechanism is part of SafeDesktop to keep the data synchronized between Safe and SafeDesktop. How does it work? First, a MD5 hash of the root password is stored and compared with the users input, that is requested at applications startup. If the hash of the users input is equal with the stored hash, the user input is used as key to decrypt the data. Second, a IDEA cipher is used in CBC mode (of operation) to store data in an encrypted way. The password that the user entered at startup, is used as a key for the IDEA cipher. Limitations:.

Safedesktop - Idea - Get Access To - So That - Sensitive Data - Login Names - Cell Phone - Safe - Remember - Passwords - Data - User - Used - Security

Published By:Thomas King

License Type:Freeware

Date Added:26 October, 2010

Version:2.2.6

Price:Free

Downloads:15

Size:0

Platform: Linux

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