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Last updated November 6, 2019

Hoplite Key Manager

Never forget or search for a password anymore. Easy-to-use Hoplite hardware password manager takes care of them for you!

Hoplite Key Manager

Never forget or search for a password anymore. Easy-to-use Hoplite hardware password manager takes care of them for you!

€2,855
pledged of €52,500pledged of €52,500 goal
30
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 6 2019 8:02 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 6, 2019

About

Hoplite Key Manager

We were not satisfied with currently existing password managers. Some of them were not secure enough, some were not reliable enough and some were difficult to use. In short, no existing solution could be fully trusted.

So we created a hardware password manager we could trust.

This is why we focused on high security, made real by storing data in hardened hardware. We then tailored user-friendliness without compromising security to make Hoplite Key Manager easy to use even by a newcomer. Last but not least, we worked hard to keep Hoplite price low even if it is made in France with premium parts.

Thanks to Hoplite, you can keep control over your data

How does Hoplite work?

Hoplite is made of two complementary parts:

  • A secure, handy, beautiful and armored hardware device storing the passwords and their associated data,
  • An intuitive, totally free and not connected companion app, working on all major platforms.

Hoplite helps keeping your passwords and data safe and organized while allowing to always carry them with you.

You only have to remember one master password to unlock access to the thousands of passwords that can be stored in the device. Hoplite device stores not only your passwords, but also their related data, like account identifier, web site URL, notes...

Here is what makes Hoplite different:

  •  Secure: you and only you can access to your passwords. Hoplite is not connected to any network and does not use cloud technology, so data can't leak. Every single bit of data is stored into the hardware device and secured with military-grade encryption.
  •  Easy to use: plug your Hoplite to your computer or handheld device, start companion application then enter your master password. Nothing more to do, you get access to all your precious data.
  •  Reliable: all data are stored into Hoplite memories, so memories must be really robust. Thus, we choose the most reliable memory technology we could find, and we doubled the memories to have a backup. Casing is armored and waterproof.
  •  Beautiful: crypto devices do not need to be ugly. We designed a little, handy, light and extremely resistant casing while focusing on its attractiveness. Hoplite is used all day long, so it must be nice to fit on your desktop.

Hoplite is secure

High security concerns

Hoplite keeps all your passwords and associated data (URL, login, notes...) into its internal memories. Every time you save passwords and associated data, they all are encrypted using military-grade AES-256-CBC algorithm, then re-encrypted using field-proven and ultra fast ChaCha20 algorithm. Encrypted data is then written to Hoplite internal main memory and replicated to internal backup memory.

The only way to decrypt your passwords and associated data is to know the key, which is the master password.

Using double encryption allows to continue trusting in your Hoplite even if one of this standard algorithms is reported broken in the future.

For even more security, a crypto-secure random seed is generated every time you save your data (before encryption steps), so the same data encrypted with the same master password will generate different encrypted contents.

All encryption/decryption is made by companion application on the computer or the handheld device it is running on. This way, only encrypted data go through USB cable, preventing an attacker sniffing the USB traffic from stealing your data.

All these security features allow to prevent and mitigate a lot of common attacks, but even Hoplite can't be fully secure if the computer or handheld device you use is compromised. Make sure that the device the Hoplite companion app is running on is healthy.

Fully non-connected solution

Your data are stored only in the Hoplite device.

Hoplite hardware device does not have radio communication nor battery. It connects to a computer or a handheld device through the new industry-standard USB-C connector. All currently shipped computers and non-Apple mobile devices feature at least one USB-C connector.

Using an USB-C connector brings the following benefits:

  • Great compatibility with computers and handheld devices. No boring slow Bluetooth connection or non-working WiFi,
  • No non-secure radio communication,
  • No battery to take care of and no risk for it to burn your data.

Also, Hoplite application is never connected to the internet. All operations made by the application stay local on the computer or handheld device.

How to backup Hoplite?

With Hoplite, the user is the only owner of his/her data. That means that user data is stored in no other place than Hoplite memory. So, what happens if the user has lost his/her Hoplite?

Hoplite app allows to easily duplicate a Hoplite device encrypted content to another Hoplite (the source Hoplite device master password is of course required to be able to duplicate the content). Thus, you can backup regularly the content of the Hoplite you are bringing with you to another Hoplite that remains safely at home. This way, you won’t be impacted if you have lost the Hoplite you are carrying with you.

That's why we are offering even more discount on Hoplite Backup Pack, which contains a mobile Hoplite to bring with you and a backup Hoplite to let at home.

Hoplite is easy to use

Hoplite hardware device content is accessed only by its companion app, which comes in desktop and mobile versions. Applications are totally free and work on all major platforms but iOS.

Why isn't iOS supported? Because iPhones and iPads use proprietary Lightning port instead of standard USB-C one, so a dedicated cable would be necessary, and this is not Hoplite philosophy.

Only 3 steps are required to access to your encrypted data:

  • Plug your Hoplite to your computer or handheld device using future-proof USB-C connector.
  • Start the multiplatform app on your computer or handheld device.
  • Enter your secret master password. You’re done.

You have to remember only one master password. It can be as long as you want, and not necessarily a password. It can be a sentence, song lyrics, or even l33t speak. Only two rules apply:

  • Choose something not obvious, or someone stealing your Hoplite could be able to guess it,
  • Do not forget it, as there is no way to recover your data without the master password!

Instead of a fancy but slow and unstable application, we decided to focus on stability, ease of use and fluidity. Don't expect a tremendously beautiful user interface, but do expect a fast, reliable and low resource usage application. In other words, something suited for security.

How to use the application?

Desktop and mobile applications are meant to be used the same way. Obviously, mobile app features a touch-displays compatible user interface.

As it's always boring to read a user guide, apps are designed to be fluent and intuitive while offering a lot of features.

Your passwords are organized in groups (they show as tabs in the desktop application). You have room to create thousands of passwords, and remaining free Hoplite memory is always displayed at the bottom right of the desktop application.

You can associate metadata to each of your password: login, email, web site URL (when double-clicking on a password web site URL, the web site will open in the default web browser), and even notes. With Hoplite Key Manager, you can always carry with you all your identification data and use them on every computer or handheld device, even if it is not yours. If it not yours, be careful and make sure the computer of handheld device is not compromised!

Most of us use several devices every day, and up to now had to keep in sync browser favorites, passwords, and logins between these multiple devices and incompatible operating systems. Hoplite allows you to forget all of this and prevents some phishing attacks in the same time: by opening web sites URL through Hoplite app, you don't need web browser favorites anymore and you are sure that the opened web site is the one you defined. Simply copy the login and password to the web site, then discard clipboard content by clicking the app dedicated button. You are now logged to your web site!

Here is how to unlock access to your passwords and log to a web site. Application is running on Windows 10.

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Hoplite apps feature an advanced password generator. It allows to simply generate a really strong password with a single click, or even to easily customize the password generation to fit some web site specific rules.

Here is the easy-to-use advanced password generator. Application is running on macOS 10.14 Mojave with Dark Theme.

Here is how to add a group of passwords (groups are called tabs in the desktop application) and to add a password to this group. Application is running on Xubuntu Linux. 

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Hoplite is reliable

Memories are rugged 

Your data are stored into Hoplite memories, and in no other location. Memory must then be very reliable.

We searched a lot and selected the most rugged memory technology we found: 

  • 200 years (yes, two hundred) of data retention,
  • 1000000 (one million) minimum write cycles,
  • temperature range from -40°C (-40°F) to +85°C (+185°F).

To improve robustness, we put not one, but two of these memories. The second memory contains the exact same content than the first one and serves as backup. And to make things even more reliable, we make sure that main and backup memories always come from a different production batch.


Electronic board is rugged 

All Hoplite electronic parts are oversized and carefully chosen to make the circuit lasts as long as possible. As the electronic board is manufactured in our factory, you are guaranteed that all electronic parts are genuine.

  • All capacitors are multilayer ceramic capacitors with X7R dielectric and 5x to 7x voltage margin: they do not fear time,
  • Power supply could power more than 10 Hoplite boards and is designed to be extremely efficient when powering only one,
  • USB-C connector is waterproof and shown no evidence of physical damage after 10000 insertion/removal cycles,
  • Board is protected against electrostatic discharges up to 8000V (IEC 61000-4-2 level 4),
  • USB interface chip is working on all computers and mobile platforms since years,
  • Microcontroller has been sold by billions and works since years in million devices.

Casing is rugged 

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Casing is entirely made of 2.5mm-thick robust aluminum. All casing internal is potted with isolated silicone to make sure Hoplite is really waterproof.

We made several tests that comforted us in telling that casing will resist to life's everyday troubles:

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After that, everything is still working!

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Hoplite is environmentally aware

Reliability can be achieved while taking our planet future into account.

We choose to avoid using hazardous chemical materials in order to protect living beings and environment: Hoplite does not contain any tantalum, lithium or lead. All electronic parts are RoHS certified.

Hoplite is made in France, in our own factory, which is both ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified.

We managed to outsource manufacturing steps as little as possible, and the subcontractors we use are locals or located in a bordering European country, in order to decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

Hoplite packaging is made of a robust, reusable and ecological natural cotton bag to avoid throwing more plastic away.

To go further with sustainable development, we decided not to provide an USB cable with Hoplite for two reasons:

  • Everyone owns yet one or more USB cables, coming from smartphones or tablets. Why produce another cable that will remain in a drawer?
  • Hoplite user may need and USB-C to USB-C cable to use with modern devices, or maybe an USB-C to micro USB-A cable to use with older handheld devices. Moreover, he or she may need an USB-C to USB-A cable to connect Hoplite to a desktop computer. So what cable to provide?

Hoplite is beautiful

Hoplite is handy and lovely.

It fits perfectly on your desk:

It fits perfectly in your pocket or handbag:

Hoplite has an ideal size:

And comes in a strong ethically-made 100% cotton bag:

Hoplite is made in France

Hoplite is made in our French factory, using only genuine parts and taking care of waste.

Here are some of our machines:

Why we need your support

If the campaign is successfully founded, we will be able to manufacture the first big Hoplite batch and send them to you.

Raised founds will also help to pass CE and FCC/UL certifications.

Our next objective is to obtain French ANSSI Certification de Sécurité de Premier Niveau (CSPN) to certify that our product is secure. ANSSI is the National Cybersecurity Agency of France. This certification will prove that our product is truly secure. This procedure takes a lot of time and money, so CSPN certification won't be ready for Kickstarter products shipping.

Many thanks to all our backers!

Risks and challenges

Hoplite hardware and embedded software are ready. Desktop and mobile applications are being terminated. We identified all needed subcontractors to fully manufacture Hoplite, and we made several prototypes to evaluate each subcontractor. We will produce the first big batch if this campaign is successfully founded, and we will find any bottleneck at this time. To overcome that, we added plenty of time to delivery date (March 2020) instead of the one we target (December 2019).
We will let you know immediately if we foresee any updates to the timeline for delivery.

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    Limited Kickstarter Edition

    Get one Hoplite Key Manager with a limited "Kickstarter Edition" skin for 15% off retail price.

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    Backup Pack

    Two Hoplite Key Managers for 20% off retail price! One for home backup and one to bring with you, with official Hoplite skins.

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