Did you bring home malware, viruses or keyloggers from your last business trip?
EncryptaKey claims to have the answer to keep files, applications and computers healthy. The Cypress, Calif.-company designed an 8-megabyte key fob, complete with microprocessor, non-writable embedded operating system, biometric authentication, and near field communication (NFC) technology payment system.
The fob provides access to data on multiple platforms -- Windows, Macintosh or Linux -- and protects the content with advanced encryption standard (AES), 128- to 512-bit keys.
After plugging the fob into the PC's USB port, EncryptaKey checks for device drivers. If the fob doesn't have the drivers loaded, it will load them to the key automatically. The fob uninstalls the PC's operating system and uses a protected OS from the fob to protect your files and applications from malware, viruses, keyloggers, or screen scrappers. It then selects the level of encryption, depending on the type of connection you have, and creates a VPN tunnel and give you a direct login.
Kelly Owen, EncryptaKey chief executive officer and founder, told DEMOfall 07 attendees last week in San Diego, Calif., that he spent many years as a director in an IS department. "I never handed out a notebook to anyone who used it solely for work," he says. "Each time it would come back infected."
The fob relies on near field communication technology to provide secure access to building and computers, as well as acts as a payment system.
There's an advertising component, too. Owen says EncryptaKey engineers invented an RFID token that companies can embed in a variety of advertisements, from Internet to bus and subway billboards.
Consumers can view an ad on a billboard, for example, that passes a token to the EncryptaKey device. The consumer then takes the EncryptaKey device into a brick-and-mortar store, such as Best Buy, and interrogators read the token information on the device to provide discounts or coupons.
Consumers also can store multiple credit card numbers on the fob. The numbers are secured using a biometric signature. A joystick helps to scroll through the numbers visable through a liquid crystal display on the device.
EncryptaKey transfers the number to the payment system using NFC technology from NXP when the fob comes within less than one inch.