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Smart Card slot on my Probook.

Probook 650 G1
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

On my Probook 650 G1 is a SC slot. Probably a smartcard slot. Do you need to install additional driver/software to get it working? For which type of card is it designed?



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Smart Card slot on my Probook.

This chain has pretty good information.


This is a summary and pretty much explains it:


Smartcard slots are for companies that support two-factor authentication for logins. You'll only find smartcard readers on enterprise-grade laptops, since they don't have a use in the consumer space.

You'll usually find this in larger companies with mature IT infrastructure. The idea is that you plug in the smartcard to the laptop, and also type in a username / password, in order to log in. This way, you protect against single-factor authentication attacks; such as password-based attacks (keylogger, weak passwords, leaked passwords); and you protect against stolen keys / smartcards. You need both the password AND physical smartcard to log in.

The concept is the same as those RSA keychain tags people carry, that automatically generate a new code every 60 seconds. You need to be in possession of that physical "key" (RSA tag); as well as know your username / password to log in.

If you don't work for a company that supports this, then this feature is pretty much useless, and can be safely ignored.

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Smart Card slot on my Probook.

I have the HP 840 G5 TOUCH 16-500 Laptop and have useres who have the smart card pop-up.


we don't use the card for MFA

-we've tried local group policy to disable the smart card reader, disabled in bios and group policy using active directory. 

We are getting the pop up even after all of the above. do you have any advice?

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