30 December 2015 07:04:11 IST

A single key for all your accounts

John McAfee scouts for crowd funding to make EveryKey

How many online accounts do you have? Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Office Mail, Yahoo!, Snapchat, One Drive, Box – the list may well be unending. It must be tough to remember a host of passwords, forcing you to reset some passwords by getting verification codes on your mobile phones.

John McAfee, founder of Internet security solutions company McAfee, promises to help you open all of those accounts with a single access physical key.

You can open those accounts as you approach your phone or computer and log out of them as soon you walk away from those devices automatically.

McAfee, a presidential candidate for the 2016 elections in the US, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund production of the Everykey, the “revolutionary device” that replaces all passwords and keys. The campaign will end on January 10, 2016, a press release has said.

“If you lose your Everykey, you can remotely freeze it, so no one else can use it. When our team first conceptualised Everykey, security was a top priority,” McAfee comments.

“That’s why we’ve built in military grade encryption and safety features such as the ability to remotely freeze your Everykey if it’s lost or stolen,” he points out.

“When we looked at the access control industry, we saw an outdated and insecure system. We wanted to build something that was more personal and convenient. Instead of carrying a bulky keychain and remembering a list of passwords, we want your access control to be something you don’t have to think about,” he adds.

“That was our dream back when this was just a school project, and we’re making it a reality with Everykey,” Everykey CEO Chris Wentz observes.

The key works on Mac OS, Windows, Android, Ubuntu (Linux), iOS, Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. The rechargeable lithium-polymer battery lasts up to 30 days.