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 (dôn′gəl, dŏng′-)
A hardware device that renders inoperable certain software on a computer if the device is not attached to the computer.

[Probably arbitrary coinage.]


(Computer Science) computing an electronic device that accompanies a software item to prevent the unauthorized copying of programs


(ˈdɒŋ gəl, ˈdɔŋ-)
a hardware device attached to a computer without which a given software program will not run: used to prevent unauthorized use.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dongle - (computer science) an electronic device that must be attached to a computer in order for it to use protected software
electronic device - a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures


n (Comput) → Dongle m, → Kopierschutzstecker m
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amp;nbsp; There's also a third button on the right side, which is most likely a hardware key to bring up the camera app and doubles as the camera's physical shutter.
Dan also names several main problems they detected: "You can easily see whether companies think about the quality of their encryption keys or let their administrators use any tool at hand - instead of using secure hardware key generators.
Data inside an iPhone is secured using a passcode of your choosing, and a hardware key for encryption.
Wibu-Systems also provides a smartcard-based hardware key that uses encryption algorithms for an additional layer of security.
Apart from making decryption of critical data practically impossible, another great advantage of hardware key storage is that it allows you to maintain control over who views the data through regulated decryption with effective key release policy.
The move is designed to strengthen Autotask's current two-factor authentication system, and all existing Autotask's clients using the previous system can migrate to the more robust AuthAnvil solution at no charge, by exchanging their hardware key fobs for AuthAnvil SoftTokens.
Earlier versions of ID Vault have offered two-factor authentication using a combination of software and a hardware key, or "dongle.
Both models feature LCD display, programmable passcode, and a hardware key lock.
The SureWare Keyper hardware security module is for protected key storage, high-speed signature and hardware key generation, and the SureWare Runner is acceleration hardware that off-loads compute-intensive cryptographic functions from a server.
The metering device is controlled by a proprietary hardware key which fits into the printer port of the PC.

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