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Biometric Storage Device Aims to Increase Security

Biometrics and USB have collided in a small, simple device that may be the key to keeping personal information private.

kickstarter-logo-www-mentorless-com_The small, round storage device, called the OdyOne, features a fingerprint scanner that will allow users to safely store data — everything from passwords to Internet browsing history — and carry it on them at all times. It’s currently in the midst of a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter set to close next month.

“Over the last several years we are generating more and more personal virtual data. Documents like photos, bank statements, salary slips or Internet accounts that need passwords and IDs. These data can be lost or stolen because we don’t manage them correctly,” the campaign page explains. “They are on different devices, like our home computer, laptop or smartphone. We need to keep them in one place, preferably something mobile and secure, and we want to control them completely in a simple way.That’s why we created OdyOne.”

The campaign has raised roughly US $3,100 of its US $42,000 goal. The campaign will end Dec. 23.

The biometric USB key works with Windows, Macintosh and Linux Distribution systems and has a 30 GB encrypted storage space. The device will also be able to be updated to keep up with advancing Internet technology.

“You just need to plug OdyOne into your computer using an USB port. After launching the Odyone application, you will be asked to scan your finger to be recognized. Your private directory will then pop up automatically, and your personal web browser will start. While surfing on the Internet, your web browser will fill the login user/password information when required. If not memorized, OdyOne will ask your permission to save this information after entering it,” the site explains.

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  • No doubt that these biometrics devices are automated methods of recognizing a person based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic.But many factors must be taken into account when implementing a biometric device including location, security risks, task etc.

  • Pretty cool idea, but after reading through their kickstarter page I’d be worried about what happens to all your documents/passwords should you lose or break the device.

    That, and it doesn’t appear to be compatible with chromebooks or android, which, considering how many of use use a wider spectrum of devices, this would need to be in order for us to be truly password free. I work on a Windows machine for a good chunk of the day, simply because I need to run programs and use internet explorer (not by choice, it’s the only browser part of my job is). Hopefully these sorts of things are worked out eventually, as I’d love to have something like this.

    • Hi Tracy,
      you’re right to worry about losing OdyOne, or even just knowing that one day, you may break it or someone may steal it. However, one function is to manage your files and passwords. This function will reminds you to save your content on an external device, such as another OdyOne or an external hard disk. This export will be encrypted, using your fingerprint as a code. In case you lose your device, you can buy a new one and import your data to get access to them again. We are losing lots of files and data today, when our phones or computer crashes. Te idea of OdyOne is to centralize these information to manage them all at once. you don’t have a reminder in your computer(s) or your phone(s) to tell you to backup photos, files, contact names…