Cybersecurity is a very essential aspect not only for large corporations and organizations but also for individuals. With all the data breaches and other security-related problems happening around us, cybersecurity is more important than ever.

Recently, I received a very cool device via mail sent by the folks from GateKeeper that’s related to cybersecurity. The package contains their GateKeeper Halberd key fob and some accessories.

In case you’re not familiar or haven’t heard of GateKeeper, their Halberd key fob, or any of their security products, here’s a little bit of information.

GateKeeper is a company that specializes in cybersecurity via mass automated authentication. Their products protect networks from internal breaches as well as preventing the exposure of confidential data through the use of two-factor authentication (2FA), centralized password management, and comprehensive auditing. By doing so, it helps companies and organizations to minimize or prevent security issues, thus reducing support time and costs while at the same time enhancing compliance and security.

GATEKEEPER HALBERD

Regarding the product that I received, the GateKeeper Halberd key fob is a device that provides users a convenient and hassle-free login experience. How does it do that? By eliminating the need to remember or type passwords. Isn’t that what most of us want? Personally, I use facial recognition on my smartphone as well as on my Dell Inspiron 5490 All-In-One Desktop to make logging into those devices easier and faster.

How does it work? Check out the YouTube video below to get a better idea of how the Halberd key fob works.

BASIC FEATURES

  • Eliminates manual logins forever through tokenization
  • Proximity-based lock and unlock functionality
  • Does not require physical contact with computer
  • Password manager in a key fob
  • Automatic lock (100% Security)
  • Fast login with optional 2-Factor Authentication
  • Regulatory compliance (e.g. HIPAA, HITECH, CJIS)
  • Centralized credentials management
  • Richly detailed audit logs for workplace optimization and security audits
  • Web-browser based user interface

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Bluetooth Smart (BLE) technology
  • Replaceable CR2450 battery with 6-month battery life
  • Water/crush-resistant, durable design
  • Adjustable proximity range for auto-authentication
  • Tokenized enterprise password manager

UNPACKING PHOTOS

GateKeeper Halberd

GateKeeper Halberd

GateKeeper Halberd
USB cables to hold the USB Bluetooth Proximity Sensor

GateKeeper Halberd

GateKeeper Halberd
L-R: retractable key chain for the Halberd key fob, CR2450 battery, USB proximity sensors, and the Halberd key fob.

GateKeeper Halberd
USB cable organizers

GateKeeper Halberd
GateKeeper lanyard for the Halberd key fob

As you can see in the first photo, the items are packed inside a zip-lock plastic bag. This is because the item/package I received is only for review purposes. I’m pretty sure that if you purchased the GateKeeper Halberd that it would come in a better box or packaging.

Aside from the key fob, you can also download and install the GateKeeper Trident app for FREE from the Google Play store and use your smartphone to unlock your computer.

This is just an unpacking blog post so I won’t be going too much into the details and will save it for the full, in-depth review. That will come as soon as I’m done taking the GateKeeper Halberd for a spin in the coming days. I will test the Halberd key fob and the Trident app on both Mac and Windows machines although due to recent macOS updates to the login system, the GateKeeper authentication plugin will not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) so I might have to use the old Macbook Pro we have in the house.

If you have any questions about the Halberd that you would like me to cover or feature in the review, feel free to leave a comment below or if you want it to be private, you can use the Contact page and send me a message.

Learn more about the GateKeeper Halberd
DISCLAIMER: The product used in this review was provided by GateKeeper but all opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.

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