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USB Token for Digital Signature

To provide you the facilities of durability and portability with security, we also offer USB tokens along with digital signatures . A USB token is a password-protected physical device in which the digital signature can be stored. USB Token for Digital Signature The token has a special built-in software to recognise and open digital signatures. The terms "USB token", "e-token", "dongle" and "digital signature token" are used interchangeably.
Note that it is not compulsory to buy a USB token, but it is desirable that you get one, because of the advantages it offers (pls see below).


Note: Image above used for representational/explanatory purposes only. Actual product may vary.


Why you should get a USB token

Advantages of using a USB Token for Digital Signature

A digital signature resides in the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer)of your system. Keeping it on your system means that it can be misused if your system is accessed by an unauthorised person. Also, the digital signature is lost if your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) is changed or if your system is formatted. Compared to this, a digital signature is very secure when it resides on the USB token since it is a password-protected device. The token also offers the convenience of portability since it can be plugged to the USB port of any system to use the digital signature.

Difference between a USB Token and a Normal Pen Drive

It is important to note that the digital signature USB Token is different from the normal pen drive (flash drive). The following table would tell you more on such differences.


Sr. No. USB Token Normal Pen Drive
1. It is specially built to store digital signature certificates. It is a general storage device used to store any type of file.
2. It contains special software to recognise and open digital signatures. It does not contain any such software.
3. Once it is plugged to a machine, the digital signature inside it can be used without saving the digital signature on the other machine. The digital signature on it has to be copied on the other machine.
4. The digital signature in a USB token need not be installed on any other machine for use. (If required only the token drivers need to be installed - not the digital signature.) The digital signature on a pen drive has to be copied and installed again on the machine where it is to be used.
5. A USB token is password-protected. A Pen Drive is usually not password-protected.
6. It is less prone to virus attacks. It is more prone to virus attacks.

FAQs on USB Token

Q: Is a USB token necessary to be purchased with a digital signature?
A: No, A USB token is not necessary to obtain a digital signature but is desirable because of the advantages it offers.(pls see above for benefits of using a USB token.)

Q: What is the validity of your USB token?
A: There is no fixed validity for a USB token. It is a hardware device and you can use it as long as it is working properly.


Q: Can I buy only the digital signature now and the USB token later?
A: Yes, you can certainly order the USB token later at the rate prevailing at the time when you order the token.


Q: What are the renewal charges for your USB token?
A: There is no concept of renewal of USB token. As mentioned above, it is a hardware device and you can use it as long as it is working properly. If the device gets corrupted, you can order a new USB token at the rate prevailing at the time when you order the new token. .


Q: How and when will I get my USB token?
A: Once your payment is realised, your USB token will be dispatched via courier and you will be emailed the consignment number for online tracking. You would usually receive it within 2-5 working days.

Q: What is the price of the USB token?
A: For queries on pricing, please see our section on Digital Signature Price.