Digital certificate USB dongle sharing over the Internet
- The concept of code signing
- How to use FlexiHub to get remote access to your digital certificate dongle
Since the advent of the Internet, Internet users have always faced one challenge or the other. One of such problems is the fact that it's hard for users to trust any code that is published on the Internet. Users can't do without downloading software from the Internet to their computers regularly. Some software can contain threats or malicious programs that put the information and the security of users at risk.
The developers can nullify this threat by digitally signing every software before making them available for download by Internet users. When software is signed, it's easier for users to verify its origin, as well as verify that it has not been altered or tampered with in any way.
The Concept of Code Signing
Code signing simply refers to the signing of scripts using certificate-based digital signature. The aim is to verify the identity of authors and to make sure that the code has not been altered since the author signed it. That way, other software, and users can determine whether they can trust the software.
With a code signing certificate, it's possible for you to sign code while making use of a private and public key (a similar method to the one used by SSH and SSL). When the certificate is requested, a public/private key pair is generated. This private key remains on the machine of the applicant and never gets sent to the certificate provider. When the public key is requested by the by the provider, it is sent, and then the provider will issue a certificate.
The types of code signing that are accepted to be most advanced are known as "extended validation code signing certificates." The reason they are rated so highly is that they deal with two of the most common loopholes exploited by the developers of malware to propagate their malicious code - poor private key protection and weak identity verification processes.
The former is achieved through the adoption of a two-factor authentication – the private key is encrypted on the token and stored on a USB dongle. It will be impossible for those who don't have the physical device to sign code using your code signing certificate.
Although USB key offers the best protection possible, it may still not be very convenient to use it in the company, as there's a chance that the dongle will be passed among members and can get lost in the process. Also, we recommend that you do not copy, clone, duplicate USB dongle or use any USB dongle emulators, as it's not a practice that falls on the right side of the manufacturers’ ToS. So, a better option would be to share a USB certificate dongle over the network. The best way to achieve this is to make use of FlexiHub. That way, everyone in the office can make use of the dongle, and it will always remain in the same place.
How to use FlexiHub to get remote access to your digital certificate dongle
Follow the following simple steps to share your USB certificate dongle over Wi-Fi:
Step 1: Choose a subscription plan that best fits your needs. Then, register your FlexiHub account.
Step 2: Install the software on the computer (server) with a serial device physically connected and the remote computer (client) that will access that device remotely.
Step 3: To share USB dongle between two computers, start the software on both machines and log into your account using the same credentials.
Step 4: In the app's interface on the client computer you will find the list of devices available for connection. All you need to do is select the peripheral that you'd like to connect to and click the "Connect" button, and that's it, USB dongle sharing has never been easier! Now, you can manage the device as if it were attached to your computer physically.
Some of the outstanding features of FlexiHub are that it allows you to gain access to USB over the Internet and also manage remote USB and serial devices from any location. Also, you can remotely connect to and disconnect from serial ports, invite other people who have a FlexiHub account to connect to your devices.
A great alternative software for sharing digital certificate dongles over the network would be USB Network Gate. This application allows users to access remote USB devices in a couple of clicks as well as FlexiHub. No additional hardware USB servers are required, with this software your machine will work as a device server and receiving client at the same time.
USB Network Gate is perfect for using in a local area network and via the Internet. What is more, the software supports Remote Desktop Protocol and allows redirecting USB devices to a remote desktop session.