Smartcard Options

This tab allows you to set certain preferences with regard to how SafeHouse works with smartcards.

The specific controls presented on this tab may be slightly different depending on the manufacturer of your smartcard. For example, not all manufacturers support card removal notifications, and some manufacturers perform PIN caching within their own software drivers. SafeHouse knows which features are available in each of the devices it supports, and will only present options on this tab which are compatible with your specific hardware.

Reveal Passwords

There may be times when you need to see the actual text for your stored SafeHouse volume passwords when using this dialog or some of its child dialogs. If so, check this box and SafeHouse will display the actual text instead of asterisks where ever passwords are listed. This applies to the Passwords tab and its Add/Edit dialogs.

Suspend Access on Smartcard Removal

Check this box to suspend access to your open SafeHouse volumes if you remove your smartcard while the volumes are still open. This trigger is identical to manually suspending access to volumes using the SafeHouse system try utility.

When this option is enabled, removing your card with open volumes causes the dialog pictured below to be launched. When ready, re-insert your card and click the Read from Smartcard button to regain access to your volumes.

See How to Guard Access to Open Volumes.

Remember PIN

Smartcards are always protected using a PIN or password. Each time you type your PIN into SafeHouse, you have the option of having SafeHouse remember this PIN for bit, just in case it might be needed again a minute or two later. This is commonly known as caching.

Use the drop list to set the number of minutes SafeHouse will remember your PIN. Once this time expires, your PIN is erased from memory and SafeHouse will prompt you for it once again the next time it's needed.

If SafeHouse needs to know your smartcard's PIN while it's still in memory, it will be retrieved silently without prompting you just as if you had actually re-entered your PIN. This means that if you set the cache time to some extraordinarily long value and then leave your PC unattended with the smartcard still inserted, someone having physical access to your PC might be able to open a volume and access your protected files.

On the other hand, setting a time that is too short might drive you crazy with too many PIN prompts. We tend to recommend 5 to 15 minutes as a good middle-of-the-road cache time.

PINs are automatically erased from memory when you remove your smartcard, even if the cache time has not elapsed.

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