Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 02, 2014

Everykey, the Wristband that Makes Openings Wearable

If there's one down side to this modern technological era in which we find ourselves, it's the need for security. Trying to keep all those passwords straight can be a tall order, even if one uses a revolving system of two or three basic passwords. Remembering just which one goes with which site can be no mean feat and only expands outward if your home's systems have such password protection. But a new device fresh off a Kickstarter success may have the key that everyone can use, and that key is Everykey.

Originally seeking $100,000, but funded to the tune of $117,054, the Everykey system offers a concept almost beautiful in its simplicity: to take every password, and even many keys, and reduce such things down to a device that can be worn around the wrist, essentially offering up a golden ticket into every system to which the user is connected. A simple Bluetooth band, the Everykey—once it gets within range of a user's device—allows the user to bypass the password segment and unlock the system automatically. There's even a password keychain system built into the device, such that it not only works on physical devices, but also on websites.

When the Everykey goes out of range, the special access capability is lost, so the device opened with the wristband automatically reactivates its security measures, effectively locking the devices in question. Everykey keeps its internal listings safe, reportedly, by turning to military-grade encryption—AES 128-bit at last report—and should the device ever be lost or stolen, it can be disabled instantly so as to prevent others from getting the kind of access that the Everykey would provide. Just to round it all out, the device is small, unobtrusive, and comes in a variety of colors to help ensure it is aesthetically pleasing to be worth wearing.

The Kickstarter had the device placed at $50, following a successful run of early-bird sales going at $35, and a section on Everykey's website offers the device at $75, with $25 taken off for those who pre-order.

It's an exciting idea, certainly; after all, we're told pretty much every time there's a major hacking event in the news about how important it is to use strong passwords with plenty of letters and numbers and symbols and most everything else—though really, a series of short words together would likely be easier to remember yet be just as hard to break—but trying to remember those horrible literary chimeras can be tough for even the sharpest minds. It only gets worse trying to do the same thing for more than one website. But a device like this allows a host of strong, regularly-changed passwords to be kept on hand, or perhaps rather on wrist, and that means strong passwords become usable. A strong password means nothing if it's too strong to even allow the authorized user access, and a weak password that's easy to remember means little in the way of security. This allows for easy access and for strong password building, all from a simple wearable device.

The end result here is a potent combination of ease of use and strong security, and that should make Everykey just the device that people want to have around.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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