At last count, I had over 300 usernames and passwords in my password manager. It’s a ridiculous state of affairs and not one that is likely to change anytime soon. Whatever technique or tool you choose to use, you need a good balance between convenience and security. Sonavation‘s IDKEY might help increase both of those things, so Todd met with Jason Oliver from Sonavation.
The M-series IDKEY combines 16 GB of encrypted storage with a fingerprint reader, a small screen and a built-in database to manage confidential information. Simply, it’s a secure password manager that goes on a keyring. Once unlocked with a fingerprint, usernames and passwords can be read off the screen, or more usefully the information can be passed securely to a web browser or mobile device via wifi, bluetooth or USB. It’s FIDO-compliant and physically meets FIPS 140-2 Level 3, meaning that anyone who tries to take the hardware apart will destroy the data in the process.
Preorders are for the M-series with availability expected in Q1 for $279. It appears from the IDKEY website that there is a cheaper version but no pricing is given.
Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.
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