ANZ PKI uses smart cards to store private keys as well as digital certificates that contain public keys. A smart card is the size of a credit card and contains an embedded computer chip that stores information in electronic form and controls the use of that information.
Smart cards provide:
- an efficient, flexible and portable medium for authenticating identities
- tamper-resistant storage for protecting digital certificates, keys and other forms of personal information
- portability of credentials between computers at work, at home or on the road
- greater protection against theft or impersonation.
Smart card readers
A smart card reader is required to allow the reading of smart cards. These either connect to your PC through a serial or USB port or are built into the PC.