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SafeNet Authentication Client (formerly eToken PKI Client) – Desktop Software for Token Management

SafeNet Authentication Client

SafeNet Authentication Client (SAC)

SAC for Authentication Token Management

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SafeNet Authentication Client (SAC) – formerly eToken PKI Client – is a middleware client that manages SafeNet’s extensive portfolio of certificate-based authenticators, including eToken and iKey smart card, USB tokens, and software-based devices. Offering full backward compatibility and incorporating features from previous middleware versions, SafeNet Authentication Client ensures complete support for all currently deployed eToken and iKey devices.

Providing full local administration and support for multiple advanced security applications such as digital signing, pre-boot authentication and disk encryption, SafeNet Authentication Client generates and stores private keys on-board highly secure smart card-based authenticators, allowing users to securely carry all their digital credentials wherever they go.

SafeNet Authentication Client is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and BlackBerry.

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A Unified Solution for All Users

SafeNet Authentication Client is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as for BlackBerry, so your organization can take full advantage of certificate-based security solutions ranging from strong authentication, to password management and digital signing, from virtually any computer. 

The Key to a Successful Certificate-Enabled Solution

The success of your organization depends on your ability to give authorized customers, partners and employees access to online applications, corporate networks, and business portals from anywhere. With support for web-based, user self-enrollment capabilities and easy-to-use OTP and certificate-based clientless and software authentication solutions, SafeNet Authentication Manager not only makes anywhere access a reality, it makes it simple to manage - no matter the number of users or authenticators.

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Supported SafeNet Authenticators:

* Supported by Windows only.  

SafeNet Authentication Client Specifications


Windows Operating Systems Supported

• Windows Vista SP2 (32-bit, 64-bit)

• Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (32-bit, 64-bit)

• Windows Server 2008 SP2 (32-bit, 64-bit)

• Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 (64-bit)

• Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit, 64-bit)

• Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)

• Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)

Mac Operating Systems Supported

• OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

• OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Linux Operating Systems Supported

Red Hat 6.6 (32-bit and 64-bit), 7.0 (64-bit)
• Ubuntu 13.10, 14.04 (32-bit and 64-bit)
• SUSE 11.3 (32-bit and 64-bit), 12.0 (64-bit)
• CentOS 6.6 (32-bit and 64-bit), 7.0 (64-bit)
• Fedora 20 (32-bit and 64-bit)
• Debian 7.7 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Mobile Operating Systems Supported

BlackBerry OS version 6,7 and 10

Supported APIs

PKCS#11 V2.20, MS CryptoAPI and CNG (CSP, KSP), Mac Keychain (TokenD), PC/SC

Supported Cryptographic Algorithms

3DES, SHA-1,SHA-256, RSA up to 2048-bit, EllipticCurveCryptography(ECC)

Supported CAs

Microsoft, Entrust, VeriSign 

Supported Browsers

SafeNet Authentication Client 9.0 (Windows) supports the following browsers:
• Firefox (up to and including version 33)
• Internet Explorer (up to and including version 11 and Metro)
• Chrome version 14 and later, for authentication only (does not support enrollment)

SafeNet Authentication Client 9.0 (Linux) supports the following browsers:
• Firefox (up to and including version 33)

SafeNet Authentication Client 9.0 (Mac) supports the following browsers:
• Safari
• Firefox (up to and including version 33)
• Chrome
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  • Transparently operates with any standard certificate-based security application
  • Supports secure access, data encryption and digital signing—all with a single authenticator
  • Streamlines security operations by allowing organizations to deploy multiple security applications on a single platform
  • Allows organizations to use certificate-enabled security capabilities from any client or server thanks to multi-platform support


  • Strong two-factor authentication for network and data protection
  • Support for Common Criteria and FIPs certified devices
  • Enables local administration and usage of devices
  • Support for full client customization, including security configuration, policies and user interface
  • Seamless integration with any certificate-enabled application
    based on industry standard APIs
  • Enables enhanced password management applications for
    protecting PCs and securing onsite local network access, using
    eToken Network Logon
  • Support for the BlackBerry smart card reader allows strong
    authentication to BlackBerry devices with SafeNet eToken
  • Support for Virtual Keyboard enables you to enter passwords without using a physical keyboard, providing protection against kernel level keyloggers 
  • Common look and feel across all platforms
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