Smart card / USB key

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Smart cards / USB keys are at the moment the most secure technology for storing qualified digital certificates.

A smart card / USB key is a “small computer” designed using cryptographic circuitry. The private key is safely stored on the card / USB key and never leaves them – even when they are being used to sign or decrypt data, as the encryption and digital signature are performed by the microprocessor on the card / USB key. Access to the smart card / USB key is password protected (PIN number), which allows the user to make digital signatures, but is unable to access the private key. 

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