Rohos Logon Key
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Turns any USB flash drive into a security key.   Shareware ($32.00)
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Rohos Logon Key turns any USB flash drive into a security key for your Mac. With Rohos Logon your Mac is protected but you don't need to enter your password manually each time you login/unlock your Mac. Rohos will automatically lock your Mac screen when USB Key is unplugged. Unlocking your Mac with a USB token is fully automatic and fast.
What's New
Version 2.6:
  • Added support for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.9 or later (installers for OS X 10.5-10.6 and for OS X 10.7-10.8 included in download)



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Ochre reviewed on 04 Jun 2010
Well, I just spent several hours evaluating this software with a view to recommending it to my parents. I ended up confused and frustrated, although the software does work. But there's no way I could recommend this to anyone at the current price of $29. I racked up three pages of notes of problems, and gave up.
To be fair, the program DOES effectively allow you to log on to your computer just by plugging in a USB device - that part works as described. But the front-end - the part of the software that the user has to interact with - is poorly implemented.
1) There's no USB Key device management
2) You can only use one type of device on any given computer, ie. all users must authenticate in the same way, such as by USB flash drive, or Bluetooth etc. You can't chop and change according to user preference.
3) Turning off the software doesn't remove the "Insert your USB key" text from the login window or password dialogues.
4) There are lots of unexpected behaviours, eg. turning it off deletes all USB Key device profiles - you have to start from scratch when you next turn it on.
5) Loads of user interface problems, eg. after creating your initial USB Key, the only way to add more is through the Menu Bar item - unless you've turned it off.
6) The way the preferences work and are presented is confusing.
Et cetera. Far too many issues for me to waste my time on. If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be: re-work it as a System Preference, and remove the Menu Bar item, and go from there. And definitely fix point "3" above.
The truth is I love the concept, but at the price, this is not worth it. Also, for this price you'd think they could afford to have the English translation proofread.
In short: it's a poor man's multi-factor authentication application, and it shows. Pity - I really wanted it to be worth my cash. Developers: it's not my intention to insult you with this review, I just wanted to be honest for the benefit of others.
[Version 2.2]

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Ochre replied on 04 Jun 2010
By the way, this app was updated to 2.3 on the 25th May - this is the version I reviewed.
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Ochre replied on 04 Jun 2010
Additional: it doesn't uninstall cleanly either. I had, at some point, selected the option to require the USB Key to authenticate from Sleep; after uninstalling it several hours ago, I've just discovered it left that option ticked in my Security prefPane in System Preferences, when I came back to find myself requiring to enter my password on wake from sleep. This is not the only example.
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Schmiegel reviewed on 13 Feb 2010
The idea is good, implementation is hazardous. It should work like a fingerprint-scanner: Password requested, touch, work. This one works like this: password requested, short dialog, password confirmed. No user action required. Open up the house for scripts, viruses and trojans. Yeah!
[Version 2.2]

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Alexrohos (developer) replied on 28 Apr 2010
Thank you for the feedback.
What do you mean by this line:
"This one works like this: password requested, short dialog, password confirmed. "
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Schmiegel replied on 28 Apr 2010
I mean that it confirms passwords without interaction by user.
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jwood09 commented on 06 Dec 2008
My primary goal was to protect my mac login with a password, but since I hate to enter passwords I've tried Rohos key program. The install and USB stick setup was easy. Login works very well - it just autoenters my pass into mac os login box. exact what i needed. when i open my macbook I see locked screensaver, upon usb key insertion rohos autoenters my passw into unlock window. then I can remove usb key. I know that I need close the lid in order to lock my mac. thats easy. If I forgot my USb stick somewhere I can just enter password manually (to use this optin set a check 'use locked screensaver' ). For a two week of usage i dint encountered any issues with it.
Mac book pro 15", mac os x 10.5.5, Kingston USB flash drive.
[Version 1.4.3]


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OilConsumer reviewed on 30 Nov 2008
this application is pointless thus unsafe.

Better just to have a 20 digit password
[Version 1.4.2]

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jwood09 replied on 06 Dec 2008
pointless review.
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Soundman commented on 29 Nov 2008
IMHO, this app. is unusable in it's current state. I bought a license but after finding out that the app. leaves sensitive info (usb key id #) in log files and also some worrisome info in the system log ( something to do with Rohos and the net, though the devs. swear that Rohos sends nothing over the web, they don't explain further and, well ,check out the bloody sys log when the app. is open.Uninstalled app. manually, their uninstall app. crashed upon opening, everything and I mean everything to do with app. Now, when I reboot with comman-option-eject, I get a blank screen with the Rohos icon and a password entry slot. I have no boot options. I can only get back into originating volume. Also single user mode doesn't work.

Had high hopes for the app. but these guys need to put more work into it.

This is for the previous version but devs. don't mention any fixes the my problems in 1.4.2
[Version 1.4.2]

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rohoz (developer) replied on 10 Dec 2008
On our forum we replied to you on the same day: that Rohos doesnt send anything on the web.
Now the logs are written to Console optionally (off by default).
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CountPollen commented on 05 Nov 2008
This software is unsafe (could lose usb stick) and thus not recommendable.
Further, I think that it is also quite unnecessary.
Another minus is that you lose a precious usb port for the key.
Several other negative posts on forums can be found by a simple web search.

Fingerprint security built in to MacBook (Pro)'s would be nicer.
[Version 1.4]

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MisterLister replied on 16 Nov 2008
You may find it unnecessary or unsafe, but many other people feel there is a need for such a thing, in fact, it's not the only product of its type.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/security/abbb/
http://www.thetravelinsider.info/roadwarriorcontent/securikey.htm

etc...
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rohoz (developer) replied on 10 Dec 2008
Version 1.4.3 doesnt require to keep USB stick in USB port always (due to 'nothing' removal action). With this option you need to plug usb key only to login/unlock. Also if you lost USB key you can still login with a password or a second USB key.

To make Rohos more safer - use option 'Activate password protected screensaver upon usb stick removal'.
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fmaxwell replied on 31 Mar 2009
If you think that USB ports are "precious," you need a cheaper hobby or more income. The computer stores practically give away USB hubs. Every wired Apple keyboard has at least one.

If you are so concerned about losing the key (but not forgetting a password, apparently), then make a duplicate USB key. It's not like USB thumb drives are expensive. Small ones can be had for just a few dollars (I picked up some 256K drives for $3.99, threw away the drives, and kept the lanyards, which is all I bought them for).
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tron15 commented on 16 Jul 2008
I installed the software on a MacBook, but after a reboot I was unable to get the login window.
[Version 1.1]

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tron15 commented on 17 Jul 2008
due to their fast, excellent technical support it was possible to modify the system startup and avoid the error cause obviously by an bundle compiled for the PPC instead of Intel. Meanwhile, a Intel version should be available.
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Version Downloads:117
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Shareware
Date:29 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $32.00
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Rohos Logon Key turns any USB flash drive into a security key for your Mac. With Rohos Logon your Mac is protected but you don't need to enter your password manually each time you login/unlock your Mac. Rohos will automatically lock your Mac screen when USB Key is unplugged. Unlocking your Mac with a USB token is fully automatic and fast.


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