In today's world, people expect to access their online accounts anywhere at any time, using applications or browsers form any device, a shared or personal PC, a Tablet or Smartphone. Hio provides a huge security experience, available to the individuals or businesses, on getting secure and fast access to all the devices. It alleviates the security burden of traditional password-based authentication to protect internet users worldwide.
Hio relies on hardware to keep all the sensitive data you have, such as passwords and credit cards, physically protected. With Hio, now, sign-in is secure and even much easier on any device simply by a click or double-tap. It ensures your privacy by immediately locking your PC when you walk away, and unlocking your PC when you walk back using a standard password-less authentication solution.
We would like to keep Hio growing by expanding its functionalities and enhancing its appearance as long as possible. Here are what we would like to add if we manage to exceed our initial Kickstarter goal.
We've perfected a leather keychain that is handcrafted from high-quality genuine leather. The leather now comes in Gray color with a simple, functional design. Incorporating a very stylish solid ring, Hio keychain can simply be used for your other physical keys for added peace of mind.
Due to the nature of the leather and because each individual item is made by hand, you can expect that each one will be unique.
Handing data off to a public cloud provider poses many security and privacy concerns. As data is stored distantly and is accessible from anywhere on the internet if a data breach occurs via hacking your data can be compromised. Breaches across almost every public cloud service continue to be regularly reported by the media.
In cloud-based password manager, as user security information is stored on the cloud, passwords, payment information, and much more, your entire password database is vulnerable to a data breach. When a data breach occurs, no amount of protection will keep your users’ accounts protected.
Hio goes completely cloud-less, keeping all your data securely encrypted inside the chip. No data will be stored, exchanged or even computed on the Internet keeping users protected against hacking and data breaches.
In today's increasingly interconnected world, a majority of computer users are suffering from “security fatigue”- a weariness or reluctance to deal with computer security- that exposes online users to risky computing behavior at work and in their personal lives, according to a new study by government scientists. This can cause computer users to feel hopeless and overwhelmed by security.
- “I get tired of remembering my username and passwords.”, was a resentful testimony of one of the participants in a recent US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study.
- “Years ago, you had one password to keep up with at work,” added another irked participant in this study. “Now people are being asked to remember 25 or 30. We haven’t really thought about cybersecurity expanding and what it has done to people”.
- “It also bothers me when I have to go through more additional security measures to access my things, or get locked out of my own account because I forgot as I accidentally typed in my password incorrectly”, found among participants comments.
In this video from NIST, Mary Theofanos explains the idea of security fatigue and how users are bogged down by too many decisions involving their online security.
Hio emphasizes sophisticated security protocols, ensuring absolute device safety, for keeping all the sensitive information you have physically protected inside the chip. It gives you a simple way to access websites and applications that doesn’t involve memorizing a long list of unrelated characters. You don’t need to spend time filling out fields of information, trying to understand complex instructions, or thinking up a secure password and username for the account. It automatically prompts you to store passwords physically secure when you are logging to a website for the first time. Managing passwords with Hio is super easy; all you need to sign in, is, just a click or double-tap on the Hio key.
Never worry about locking your PC as you leave your vicinity with it. With Magic Lock, now, Hio simply figures out and immediately locks your PC in your absence. No one else is offering an automatic locking system with such accuracy and effectiveness. We have applied a powerful, movement-based solution which allows you to select your desired distance from the four predefined options: 2-step, 4-step, 6-step, and 8-step.
- Constantly collect and analyze accelerometer data to detect user movement
- Check for the availability or strength of the Bluetooth signal to avoid false alarm
- If the user walked beyond the determined step threshold and the Bluetooth signal is weak the screen will be locked instantaneously
Hio, as a Windows Hello companion device, enriches user authentication experience for Windows 10.
- Wait for user to click or press the spacebar on the keyboard
- Check for the availability or strength of the Bluetooth connection
- The PC will be unlocked if you are about 2 steps close to your PC
Like the other security keys, Hio key has a specific secure chip by which it performs cryptographic functions triggered by a push button. Obviously, you never see the details, but behind the scenes, it provides a robust secure infrastructure as a way to protect your passwords, credit cards and the login credentials of Windows Hello unlock authentication solution.
The secure chip that is used in Hio key is an ARM® TrustZone® Cryptocell chip which ensures your credentials of any type are real, untampered, and confidential. It features hardware acceleration for the NIST standard prime curve and supports the complete key life cycle from high quality private key generation to ECDSA signature generation, ECDH key agreement, and ECDSA public key signature verification.
As the result, we keep the user’s secrets securely protected inside the chip with the hardware protection. This includes protection for passwords to all websites and applications, credit card and other sensitive data. Hio, a PIN capable device, provides industry leading security so you can be confident that no one can read your data even if your Hio key is lost or stolen. The credentials contained in the Hio key belong to the end-user exclusively and are never transferred, copied or stored by a service provider or any other application provider.
By setting up a device Pin, the user automatically enables enhanced transaction security over sensitive information. This means an attacker in possession of Hio key can’t get access to data without the PIN. To further discourage brute-force passcode attacks, there are escalating time delays after 5 consecutive incorrect attempts to enter the Pin. With a six-character alphanumeric code, it would take many years for thieves and computer programs to try all combinations. This is to safeguard your data in case you lose your Hio key and someone tries to use it without your authorization.
If you regularly lock your PC when you leave your desk, then I'll say you will be happy with Hio. It can guarantee your privacy by triggering to lock your PC when you forget to lock your PC or tablet when you step away. Perhaps when you leave your desk for a cup of coffee or to have a conversation with your colleague.
Additionally, Hio key can be used as a companion device instead of a password to sign in faster and more secure to your Windows devices, apps and Microsoft Edge websites.
Logging to a website from anywhere with any platform is easily achievable just by a click or double-tap. Hio saves users from the hassle of entering password on each time getting access to websites and applications. It gives users a simple way to access that doesn’t involve memorizing a long list of characters.
Hio is a hardware digital wallet that allows you to do away with physical cards. It enriches user experience with online shopping for all e-commerce websites. Thus, when you’re checking out online, there’s no more need to go find your wallet and painstakingly type in your credit card number.
We have built an amazing secure key that is ready to go, right out of the box. We have suppliers in place and prototype is already complete. The next step is to move to mass production, to create molds, prepare assemblies, with all the same level of quality. This requires investment, and we hope to earn your support to launch the product and grow the community.
Hio guarantees complex passwords, auto-fills passwords across all well-known browsers and mobile applications. Managing passwords with Hio is super easy; all you need to start, is, just a click or tap on the Hio key.
Through all platforms, Hio provides the highest level of convenience and functionality the users expect regarding OSs restrictions. It is already available for Windows, iOS, and Android, and is under development for Mac OS. In Windows and Mac OS desktop systems, Hio uses the extensions to manage user’s passwords across all popular browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and safari. It allows you to control all your account easily through your PC, Laptop, tablet or smartphone.
A cheerful and intuitive user interface designed in-house, delivering easy management for accounts, quick access to accounts’ data, proximity, security, and device connection settings.
Compatible with various devices and platforms including Windows, Android, iOS and Mac OS, offering a similar set of features to all, Hio is your perfect companion device regardless of your device preference. Completely cloud-less, it connects seamlessly by Bluetooth to your device and ensures information is accessible anytime, anyplace using any device.
For IT and Business segment, Hio is going to be a great gadget in the world providing an awesomely secure experience in getting access to your accounts anywhere using any device, a personal laptop, smartphone, or from a shared computer in an office, library, laboratory, and etc.
The heart of our fast-speed technology, the custom PCB, is assembled with an advanced Bluetooth 5 Nordic SoC (nRF52 Series), security module, accelerometer sensor, LED, and a button. Hio now features a replaceable battery, but depending on how much we raise on this campaign it may be upgraded with a rechargeable technology.
Hio is aesthetically a unique and pleasing device allowing you to carry it with yourself easily as a keychain. Hio features a sensible pushing button and an RGB LED used to show the connection and BLE operation status. As a reward for spending much time on designing and innovating, we proudly receive fantastic feedback from the tech, fashion and design communities. We went through dozens of different designs before finalizing the shape and function of our innovation. We will use your feedback to ensure that the Hio does what you need it to.
People like you. Thanks to Kickstarter for helping us in broadcasting our idea, solution publicly with all lovers around the world. We're a small company striving to battle some of the largest competitors in the world. We believe that this is the best and most efficient way for us to get our latest product to the people who want it most.
Risks and challenges
As with any hardware product, there are always risks and challenges with creating and delivering a new smart device. We already have fully working prototypes that have demonstrated all the key functionality.
Now, we are working hard on all parts of the product, including hardware and software, trying to make it more powerful. Our firmware and the Windows application, including extension support for Edge, Chrome, and Firefox are also almost at the final stage. The other accompanying apps for smartphones and Mac OS are being developed and are on track.
We are confident that we have the right talent and resources in place to meet our deadline and release Hio to you. However, we would still like to inform you of certain risks and challenges.
We have spent much time during the last year for building a very capable supply chain team who work trustfully and follow professional processes to ensure that quality is managed throughout the design, development, and manufacturing process. However, component delays and unexpected shortages may occur. If this happens, we will be sure to keep you informed and try our best to quickly solve the problem.
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