[ubuntu-uk] Mobiles and Bluetooth Authentication

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk
Tue Jul 14 10:13:38 BST 2009

Quoting Jai Harrison <jai at jaiharrison.com>:

> Hey everyone,
> I'm in the process of trying to select a new phone and figured that
> what would be really cool is one that I can use to login and out of my
> machine. Basically something that communicates through bluetooth to
> the machine to log in. Then when I go away it should lock it and when
> I come back it should unlock it.
> I am pretty sure that all of this can be achieved on Windows with
> third party software and was wondering if I could do the same on
> Ubuntu. I'm interested in what software I'll need on my system, what
> mobile phone and software for that I'll need and whether it's also
> compatible with Windows (so that I can use it for both OSes I use).
> Any help is much appreciated,
> Jai

I'd be tempted to use two-factor auth (i.e. using a password as well  
as your phone) as the issue with only using a phone ot log is is that  
if someone else gets your phone and laptop/computer then they have  
access to all of the data.

I'd be interested in a solution to this as I've used two-factor auth  
using PAM_USB in the past.

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace
matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk

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