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ArmorTap: Make Any Internet Connection Private and Secure

ArmorTap is a plug-and-play WiFi router that keeps your online activity private and all your devices safe from hackers.

ArmorTap: Make Any Internet Connection Private and Secure

ArmorTap is a plug-and-play WiFi router that keeps your online activity private and all your devices safe from hackers.

pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 23 2017 10:27 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 23, 2017

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Proof of Concept

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

tl;dr - ArmorTap lets you do the following without having to install any additional software:

  • Stream Hulu/HBO/etc. in any country (no more geographic restrictions)
  • No more ads when browsing the web
  • You'll get a warning message if you try to visit a bad website (e.g. a website that is trying to install malware on your computer)
  • Your SmartTV will not be able to monitor what you watch (Samsung TVs currently do this)
  • ArmorTap will detect and prevent hackers for all your devices (Amazon Echo, Smart TV, Webcam)

It does a lot of other cool stuff too -- if that interests you, keep on reading!

Getting online is easier than ever. However, the ability to protect yourself online hasn’t changed all that much. Most consumers today believe the default security settings on their routers and firewalls are enough to protect against identity theft and hackers. Consumers in the know, wishing to bolster their security, install a VPN client and change their router’s default password. While changing the default security settings and adding a VPN help, it still leaves major gaps for savvy hackers to get in and steal your data. Passwords, personal information and media can all be accessed with the right attacks. Leaving your data unprotected is akin to leaving all your private documents outside, in the trash, without shredding. Until ArmorTap, no product has been able to holistically secure your devices and protect your personal data.

ArmorTap, the security side of Jacobian Engineering, is the first plug and play WiFi router that keeps your online activity private and all your devices safe from hackers. As an information security company with over 12 years of experience in safeguarding privacy, we believe that privacy online is a basic right. We’ve created ArmorTap to replace your existing software subscriptions and router rentals or simply supplement your current security solutions.

Recent events of identity theft, repealed data privacy laws, and compromised “smart” devices have prompted the need for people to protect themselves from prying eyes. We’ve found that staying secure and private online are two separate concerns. While you may not be getting hacked, almost everything you do online gets tracked by sales companies, corporations and internet providers, typically without your approval. In order to protect our devices and our privacy we need a combination of properly configured (and regularly updated) security software and hardware.

But let’s face it, while we are all concerned about security, most of us aren’t IT professionals and that’s where ArmorTap comes in with it’s plug and play functionality. Your data and devices are secure, 24/7 with real time updates of threats, malware and hackers. By supporting ArmorTap you are supporting true privacy and protection on the internet. Using ArmorTap means you can rest easy knowing that any internet connection can be instantly transformed into a private and secure one across all devices and streaming media.

ArmorTap is compatible with:

 

 Why Do I Need ArmorTap?

Here are just a few vulnerabilities you are susceptible to just by being connected to the internet:

  • Insecure Connection: You may be connected to an unsecure internet connection which means that everything you do can be intercepted by prying eyes (not just your ISP). 
  • Advertising: Harmless looking website ads and even emails allow advertisers to collect personal information about you without your approval. This information can also be sold without your permission. 
  • Malicious Websites: You may stumble upon unsafe websites that install malware on your system or collect personal information. Some of these websites can often look reputable and may be hard to differentiate from the real thing (i.e. a fake bank website). 
  • Malicious Files: Accidentally downloading viruses or malware. 
  • Hacked Devices: our “smart” devices can be hacked and used against us. This might result in hackers controlling electronic locks, viewing your webcam, and much more. Even worse, once compromised most devices stay compromised. After all, how often do you update your firmware? 
  • Identity Theft: Hackers can infiltrate our networks and steal our identity.

When it comes to cyber-hygiene, most of us are severely lacking. Yes, security sounds nice in theory, but in practice the level of effort and technical knowledge required to protect our devices is often something daunting and scary.

Email, Bank and Credit Card logins, web browsing, working remotely, chat and social media applications, mobile device apps, etc, etc, etc, it’s an exhaustive list of all the places our data can be stolen. With ArmorTap, there is almost no effort required to protect your digital life.

Simply plug it in and connect your devices; ArmorTap starts working immediately to provide you with:

  • Platform Independent Protection: ArmorTap protects all your devices, not just your computer. If it’s connected, it’s protected. 
  • PrivacyCloak Technology: ArmorTap creates a secure and private internet connection on top of your existing connection. This ensures that your internet activity will be invisible to prying eyes. 
  • Advanced Firewall: ArmorTap uses a combination of machine learning and rule based protection to defend against known cyber-attacks in addition to new types of attacks (also known as Zero-day threats). Your devices are automatically quarantined before they become compromised. 
  • Virus / Malware / Ransomware Protection: all files are scanned for red flags before they have a chance to infect your devices. 
  • Phishing protection / Malicious Website Protection: ArmorTap scans websites to ensure they are reputable and prevents you from accidentally visiting malicious websites. 
  • Ad Blocking: The internet is rife with traffic. ArmorTap blocks ads without you needing to install any additional software on your devices. Several benefits of blocking ads: advertisers cannot track your activities online, malvertising attacks are mitigated, better user experience, save bandwidth (ads are blocked and thus don't have to be downloaded). 
  • Guest Network: The more people you share your network with, the more susceptible you are to attack. ArmorTap allows you to share your internet connection with guests while keeping all your devices separate. 
  • No Lag Time: ArmorTap is built with high performance hardware. This means your family can still stream movies and download large files without lag.

ArmorTap has the ability to provide the protection and features you can only get currently by using multiple devices, each with their own separate fees and subscriptions. Routers, virus protection, VPN service and anti-malware all have their own set up costs, one-time fees and ongoing subscriptions. ArmorTap can replace all of your existing equipment or supplement your current setup, it’s your choice. After your first year of included service, it only takes one low monthly subscription to keep ArmorTap up-to-date.

Our (Insecure) Digital World

Privacy. Identity theft. Safety. No matter what you think, your privacy in this digital world is getting thinner every day. The more technology we bring into our lives the more difficult it becomes for us to have any semblance of privacy. Just look at the news:

Fact: No Comprehensive Privacy Laws Exist in the United States

Data Privacy is not highly legislated or regulated in the United States. There are some partial regulations, but there are no comprehensive laws regulating the acquisition, storage, or use of personal data. Our right to privacy online is being reduced every day. In April 2017, the FCC a repealed a number of privacy and data laws. Now, more than ever, your personal information is up for sale. 

Product Specs

ArmorTap gives you security and privacy functionality WITHOUT slowing down your internet connection. Your family will still be able to stream movies and download files without additional delay.

 

ArmorTap hard at work shielding your privacy.
ArmorTap hard at work shielding your privacy.

Design
We designed ArmorTap to be the most modern, sophisticated, and easy to use security devices on the market. It was only fitting that the design conveys these same ideas:

Intuitive Lighting
Intuitive lighting shows the status of the device at any time. Whether it is actively protecting your privacy, receiving real time threat intelligence updates, or monitoring, you’ll see that you are being protected 24/7.

Solid Black Chassis
Much like the luxury cars with tinted windows we wanted ArmorTap to look solid, sleek, and private.

Horizontal/Vertical Configuration
ArmorTap is designed to be beautiful regardless of the orientation you display it in.

 

Hardware / Software Specs
In order to be as flexible and powerful as possible we designed ArmorTap with the best hardware possible. This includes high speed networking equipment, a powerful processor, and lots of memory.

ArmorTap combines multiple privacy technologies into one single privacy oriented device. As you can see, no single piece of software protects all your privacy. Here’s how ArmorTap stacks up:

Why pay for monthly router rentals, VPN subscriptions and hardware devices that solve only specific threats when you can protect and secure your entire digital world with one device and fee?

Mobile App

The ArmorTap mobile app allows you to control ArmorTap through your smart phone.

Quickstart
Getting up and running is quick and painless. Just enter some basic information and you’ll be ready to go.

 

Device Status
Here you can see what ArmorTap is doing to protect you 24/7.

Protection Overview
ArmorTap protects you 24/7. Here you can see exactly how ArmorTap is protecting you.

Using ArmorTap is as Easy as 1-2-3

1 - Download Mobile App

2 - Plug in ArmorTap

3 - Connect to your device and Configure through the app

Find Us on the Web

Our Story 

ArmorTap began when one of our engineers, Eric, moved to the Bay Area. He signed up for internet access, installed some smart light bulbs, an Amazon Echo, and other home automation stuff. One night, the little blue light on his Echo randomly went off (the light means that the device is recording what you are saying and transmitting it over the internet). This led to a “aha” moment: Was his Echo hacked? Was his internet connection private? How did he know?

Cyber threats are real and for the majority of us our cyber hygiene is pretty poor. Your parents, friends, and coworkers are unlikely to even be thinking about how to protect themselves online. Figuring out how to know if you’re being hacked or spied on is actually a pretty challenging problem to solve, even if you’re a technical person. But just because it is a challenging problem doesn’t mean the solution has to be complex and unwieldy. Take planes for example: super complicated, but when they fly we’re more concerned with the movie selection. Like a plane, we want ArmorTap users to forget that the device is there, except when there’s a problem. Don’t we all deserve a right to privacy and safety online?

Our Team

The ArmorTap team is composed of top information security experts, hardware engineers, and software developers who are part of Jacobian Engineering. Our managed security programs and thought leadership have helped companies of all shapes and sizes stay ahead of security threats over the last 12 years. We are working tirelessly to make ArmorTap a reality for consumers and need your support to get ArmorTap out into the market.

 Oh, we like to have fun too.

 

 Timeline

 

Risks and challenges

As an existing information security firm with over 12 years of experience, we’re well prepared to deliver ArmorTap. The areas that could potentially cause delays are:

- Perfecting the existing software we’ve built to ensure it runs smoothly on thousands of devices and is setup to update itself as we continue to make improvements.
- We’re relying on 3rd party manufacturers for building out the production hardware. While we don’t anticipate any delays, certain circumstances will be out of our control.

Should anything happen we’ll be sure to keep all our contributors updated on any unexpected challenges that come up.

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    In addition to the Fire House tour and pole slide we'll host you and 3 of your friends for lunch at the Fire House!

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