Sonavation’s IDKEY Secures Your Passwords

IDKEY M-SeriesAt 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 soon either. Whatever technique or tool you choose to use, there’s a balance to be struck between convenience and security. Sonavation‘s IDKEY might help increase both convenience and security, so Todd puts on his white hat 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 – no need for any cloud storage here. 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.

Pre-orders are open now for the M-series with availability expected in Q1 for $279. It appears from the IDKEY website that there is a cheaper X-series version but no detail on price.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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QwicKey – CES 2009

Quickey_logo1aQwicKey is a personal online security device that operates as an easy-to-use password manager aQuickey_usbnd automatic form filler. It keeps your identity safe and your communications secure via its compact USB magnetic stripe card reader. Don’t try to remember all those passwords and user names, QwicKey can securely access them all.

QwicKey is available now for Internet Explorer and will be soon available for FireFox and Safari. The QwicKey Reader and one year subscription is $49.95 and $29.95 for additional years.