Why was I scared to get a new token card?

While remote in order to access the Sun “Intranet” one must use a physical enigma device which generates a new unique password for each login...providing extra security. Now a whole another topic that requires a lengthy  blog post is why Sun even has an “intranet”....after all ....its really just permissions and entitlements on web resources that should rule the day..and not “walled off gardens we call intranets”...but that is a topic for another day....in any event the  SafeWord tokens deliver single-use passcodes, eliminating the vulnerabilities of passwords. It is safe and hard to hack...but it is a pain in the ass.....I have had my token card for so long the number pad is well worn....btw....pretty easy to guess my  “private” pin by looking at the touch key pad....guess which numbers were worn and which were not.....and why do you think that is so?........

And I also  had the card for so long I would  have to contort the led to try to correctly read the safe password.....I hesitated to order a new one not wanting to have to deal with the “system: at Sun to get one and learn a new private pin...get it registered..etc.....because i travel...and I have to have access....

So I finally  broke down and ordered a new one......Surprise...Surprise...no hassle...very  easy to get one from Sun...came the next day...super easy to register...was able to keep my old private pin....and I don't have to twist the LED anymore to read the safe password!.......Yeah.....Why did I ever wait...how stupid was I?

Comments:

Glad you posted this...I was just thinking that any day now my old token card is going to die, but I've been putting off a replacement for the reasons you describe.

Posted by Skrocki on November 10, 2007 at 07:39 AM PST #

+1. I'll stop breaking my nails on that $\*!% card!
(and now everybody thinks I'm a she.. ;-)

Posted by Alexis MP on November 12, 2007 at 03:42 AM PST #

I had the same issue a few years back. The LED goes out... you have to push on the display to properly read the alpha-numeric passcode.

+1 the cards are a pain in the arse. I've left on a trip and forgotten it... you're totally hosed if you wanna access Sun's internet. Thankfully mail and calendar services are on the Edge now.

Ohh for the day we dispose of SWAN altogether.

Posted by Michael De Loia on November 14, 2007 at 10:39 AM PST #

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