Dulles, Va., February 11, 2002:
Mandylion Research Labs, LLC today announced that its patent pending Personal Password Manager
token, the ebplite has recently received a
"First Looks" product review from the top consumer
publications of Ziff Davis Media, PC Magazine and its PC Magazine Online. Receiving these coveted
"First Looks" highlights Mandylion Labs’ growing presence in the information security marketplace
and reflects its innovative approach to secure password use and management, a significant issue
facing virtually every business and home computer user. This PC Magazine review comes on
the heels of a similar glowing "test drive" Government Computer News gave the product in
its December 10, 2001 issue.
"…if secure passwords are important to you, the ebplite will make managing them easier" is
how PC Magazine’s Larry J. Seltzer summed up his "First Looks" of the device.
The Editor gave
the Mandylion Personal Password Manager three "stars".
Seltzer touched on all the products
strengths but added that the initial set up of the unit and its menu/features system are complex,
but necessary "if you really want to be serious about security".
PC Magazine members whom use the device wrote in and also gave the device high marks.
Users rated it 4.5 out of five "stars". One reviewer called it a "lifesaver". Another reviewer wrote
"I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to quickly access secure passwords
(and who doesn't?)"
In a related story by PC Magazine’s Seltzer on "Password Cracking" that appeared in both
the Online (December 13, 2001) and the print versions of PC Magazine
(February 12, 2002), Neil Rubenking, Contributing Technical Editor of PC Magazine wrote in his comments about
the device "…I can see how you'd get used to it, and YES, the darn thing is portable in a way
your oh-so-handy password-collection SOFTWARE is not."
The full review and review comments from this February1, 2002 "First Looks"
can be viewed online at:
"The focus as a Company and its innovative products is on enabling the average business and home
computer user to add security and convenience to their online logins and activities." "As evidenced by these
reviews and initial strong interest, it's clear that we've succeeded," said
Joseph Grajewski, president of Mandylion. "This success is a significant milestone for us as it underscores our continued leadership
in password security and user authentication."
David Schoenbrot, Vice President of Mandylion added, " Weak and carelessly managed
passwords are now considered by the FBI as the No.2 vulnerability threatening our national computing
infrastructure." "Before we developed our patent pending technology, there was no real effective way
to address this threat while at the same time providing the user with convenience."
About the Product
Mandylion Labs’ developed and patented this innovative and inexpensive
password manager called the ebplite in a three year development
effort. It is a key chain sized device that helps any user instantly create cryptographically strong passwords
that immediately work with any web site, login or system. A key feature is that the device provides for
the secure and convenient storage of a user’s passwords along with their automatic update. It was
designed to do away with the inherent weaknesses traditionally associated with the use of passwords;
namely the individual being asked to create, remember and regularly change their passwords.
Passwords created with the device thwart all known brute force and dictionary type hacking attacks.
It is more than a smart card. It works instantly with any login, any system and requires
no client or host software or apparatus. There is nothing to install.
Originally developed for U.S. military and national security applications, more advanced versions
of the device have the ability to embed user identifying watermarks within the passwords generated.
The biometric version of the unit can asymmetrically bioauthenticate the individual logging in to
an ordinary web site. To aid in the purely random number generation, algorithms embedded
within the unit’s firmware continuously sense and take input from the user's random and unique
interaction with the device
While other information security products generally address only specific threats, Mandylion’s
products improve the entire baseline level of data security for the enterprise. Further, with studies
that show that now half of all help desk support calls are for password resets, the device has become
a tool of cost containment for runaway tech support costs.
The product retails for approximately $69.95 with corporate and Government discounts bringing
its price in the mid $30 dollar range U.S. For a complete and current list of companies which offer
the product, please visit our web site at
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About Mandylion Labs
The idea was inspired. Yet so simple. Rather than search to replace
the use of passwords, just make them more convenient to use while removing the vulnerabilities
associated with them . In 1998, Mandylion Labs originated this simple and intuitive concept toward
password management. Today, we're a recognized as the leading innovator in access control utilizing
durable password techniques. Government, Corporations and ISPs use our solutions to reduce the cost
and complexity of managing their access control systems in the Window NT and Unix and Linux
environments while increasing the enterprise's entire baseline of data security. With a web-centric
economy pushing along expanding volumes of confidential information which is only separated
from the public domain by an easily forgotten or worse, a hackable password, Mandylion’s solutions
couldn't have come at a better time.
The apparatus and methods developed by the Company (5 separate patents pending effective 7/99 et al)
inexpensively provide computer users with convenience, privacy and security in the management
of their web site and LAN/WAN login passwords.
The Company is located in Vienna, Va. Our number is 703 – 628 4284.
Our e-mail address is