Thursby Software Systems, Inc., adds new features to its PKard Reader iPad/iPhone secure browsing solution. The new app version is available immediately worldwide from Apple's iTunes store, at no additional cost to end-users. The PKard Reader v1.1 secure browsing app lets users access web portals, collaboration sites and web-based email such as Microsoft's OWA (Outlook Web Access) directly from their Apple mobile devices, with strong, two-factor authentication to industry standard smart cards, including US Government CAC and PIV cards.
The web site connection is fully encrypted and secure. Two-factor login (chip card and PIN) is much safer than using passwords, and may be required for many government and enterprise web sites. A US military reservist, for example, can access educational or training materials on secure sites using a personal device. Projects range from bring-your-own-device (BYOD) simplicity to complex environments that are partially, or fully locked down by third party Mobile Device Management (MDM) offerings, in Government, Healthcare, Energy, Finance and Corporate settings.
Highlights of the new PKard Reader v1.1 app include general user interface and under-the-hood improvements, extended document handling, usability with sites hard-wired to Microsoft Internet Explorer and readiness for the next Apple operating system version, iOS 6. Support for Thursby's plug-in PKard Reader and the Precise Biometric's Tactivo cased reader accessories is also included. From a user perspective, documents in formats from Adobe, Microsoft, Apple and others can now be opened into third party apps for editing, printing and sharing. This is just as for regular PCs running Microsoft Windows and smart cards, or Macs running Thursby PKard for Mac and smart cards.
The PKard Reader app version 1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.