John McAfee wants password-less login to become a reality with Everykey
About a week ago, we reported that Google has begun testing a new way to let users log into their accounts, without using a password.
This tech requires you to have your smartphone at hand, using which you must authorize the login request.
It is a new form of 2-factor authentication. But, what if there was a way to login to web services, without even using your password or a phone authentication method? This will soon become reality thanks to a new product, called Everykey, which is backed by John McAfee.
McAfee, is a name renowned in computer security, thanks to the Antivirus software which he founded and named after himself.
However, he is not the actual brains behind the product. That credit goes to Chris Wentz, who came up with the idea back in 2012. But it is with McAfee’s help, that the project managed to raise funds successfully at Indiegogo, a crowd funding service similar to Kickstarter. Speaking of which, Everykey did have a successful campaign at Kickstarter a year ago too.
We have seen a lot of unusual gadgets and technologies this year, from Windows Hello, the biotmetric tech which can be used to unlock a PC running Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10, to the Cortana Buttton, which is a physical button used to bring up the digital personal assistant, in the OS.
Everykey takes login authentication technology to a whole new level, in that it will not only work with computers (laptops, but also with doors (you didn’t read it wrong), your smartphone, tablet, car, and more.
Here is how it works:
Everykey comes in two forms. A USB Flash drive-like device, and a wearable band. Both of these store your passwords in an encrypted format using military-grade software, making it almost impossible to crack.
Everykey uses Bluetooth wireless connectivity, to communicate with the device which it will unlock. When it is in range with the device (within nine feet in proximity), Everykey will unlock the device automatically. It works with websites (web accounts) as well.
When you move away from the device’s range, mentioned above, it will automatically be locked, thus preventing any unauthorized user from gaining access to it. And in case you lose your Everykey, it can be frozen (blocked) remotely as well.
Here is a rather humorous video featuring John McAfee (and John McAfee), explaining how Everykey works
Fortune reports that Everykey has reached triple its campaign amount, and has announced that it will deliver its device to the backers from Indiegogo in March 2016.