This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, February 1 2019 8:01 AM UTC +00:00.
Redkey USB is designed to wipe all data, from any* computer, securely & permanently.
After the wipe process is complete, you are protected.
Nobody will ever be able to recover any data, information or anything else from your computer after it has been wiped with a Redkey.
It's a powerful tool, for use when you need to be 100% sure, hence - "Data gone forever."
The best thing about Redkey, is that it's specifically designed to be easy to use - it works automatically! Just plug it in to a spare USB port before powering on your computer, and initiate the wipe.
The end result is a clean computer, cleared of all data - that means your computer will be clear of all personal information, and is ready for safe sale or disposal.
Use the Redkey on a computer prior to:
- Sale: eBay｜Amazon｜Gumtree｜Facebook｜Craigslist｜Auctions
- Recycling: Free-cycle｜Collection companies｜Municipal / Domestic Waste sites
- Donating: Charity｜Schools｜Education｜Non-Profit Organisations
- Workplace: System Admin｜Liquidation｜Asset Redeployment｜GDPR NIST Compliance
- When Buying: Tip - when buying a used PC, make sure it's clean too!
- Gifts: Hand-me-downs｜Giving an old computer to family, friends, Etc.
Redkey has several other uses too:
- Properly remove Spyware｜Virus｜Trojan｜Malware.
- To sanitise computer equipment when travelling in/out of certain countries.
- To stop Hackers｜Snoops｜Law Enforcement ｜Government｜Companies｜Spies.
- Speed up a slow PC by wiping clean and starting fresh.
- Connect multiple drives and create a cleaning station on an old PC.
- Use in a crisis / emergency situation.
- + Much more...
Redkey stops your personal information being discovered when a computer is disposed of.
Personal Information or any other data can easily be found on computers - even after it's been deleted.
Data is stored on the "hard drive" inside every computer. The Redkey uses a special process to wipe your computers hard drive in a way that is much more secure than just "deleting" or "resetting." The Redkey is a heavy-duty solution for when you need to be 100% certain the job is done properly.
Simply plug your Redkey in to a spare USB port on the computer to be wiped, then switch on power. Its designed to work automatically, and once loaded - no further interaction is required. Now you can wipe all of your old computers - effortlessly! Your computer will start to wipe after 60 seconds (this can be skipped if urgent) and after an hour or more, the wipe process is completed. When the wipe is complete, this is visually indicated on your screen, and also indicated by audio beeps every 5 minutes. How long the wipe takes depends on the size of the drive in your computer.
*RedKey USB works on most home / business type computers with a spare USB port available. This includes PC's, Desktop's & Laptops made since 2000 & Mac / Macbooks made since 2006. 32+64 Bit supported. X86. It works with both HDD Hard Drives and the latest SSD Solid State drives, and combinations thereof. The Redkey can work with either a keyboard, a mouse, or both, or neither. It can even work on partially broken computers where you can't see the screen. For this reason, audio beeps are included so you can hear when a computer has been wiped. It works on both PC's & Macs including laptops. It also works with the new SSD type disks too. Redkey may not work on some server / virtual / specialist type computers.
No. The Redkey is a "pay-once" product and is designed to last for years. Every Redkey obtained through crowd-funding includes free software updates for life. That means that whenever future updates come out for the Redkey, you can upgrade your Redkey to the latest version for free, for life! In regards to durability, the Redkey is very tough for a USB stick because its made from a single piece of steel and the working parts are encapsulated. It can stand up to heavy duty use, and can be stored on a key-ring without deforming in your pocket. It is tough and does not scratch easy - the result of months of product development and field testing.
This is the second campaign for the Redkey. The physical product you receive for your kind pledge will be almost exactly the same as what was shipped in the previous Redkey campaign - as shown in the pictures above. It will have all of the previous features of the Redkey + some new features that improve the product. The new features planned are mostly based around the software system that is embedded in to each Redkey and the new features will enhance the capability of the product several-fold.
New｜Remote Update Service.
Update your Redkey online to the latest version of software whenever future updates are released. Simply connect your Redkey to your computer and log in to the Redkey website, and download the software update tool. All Redkey's obtained through Kickstarter carry free software updates for life.
New｜Optional Text Interface.
The Redkey uses a Graphical User Interface. A TUI gives you additional options to use Redkey through a simplified text only mode.
Language will now be a select-able option when loading. English will continue to load by default if no other option is selected, after the a timeout duration of 10 seconds. Options to include:
- French ｜ Français
- German ｜ Deutsche
- Italian ｜ Italiano
- Spanish ｜ Español
- Portuguese ｜ Português
- Hindi ｜ हिंदी
- Japanese ｜ 日本人
- Korean ｜ 한국어
- Arabic ｜ عربى
New ｜ Cryptographic Erase.
Introducing a new highly secure multi-stage wipe process. Designed to prevent data recovery by all known forensic techniques by employing Blowfish 448-Bit Security in a new patent pending erase process.
New ｜ Enhanced Secure Erase.
A new feature that will add an additional layer of security to the wipe process. Will erase "Hidden" areas of a Disk drive that are otherwise unreachable.
New ｜ 100% Verification.
This new mode will forensically scan your computer for any remaining bits of data following a wipe - just to make sure everything is gone! Should anything be detected, it will be identified and erased. Works independently of the wipe process for complete autonomy.
New ｜ Report Feature.
This feature will allow you to view a report and save it as a text file, so it can kept, printed or forwarded on for compliance reasons etc. Ties in with verification. Will help meet guidelines on data security and safe asset disposal such as those specified in NIST and GDPR guidelines.
New ｜ Software certification.
Redkey will apply to have the software certified by an industry recognised professional organisation. This adds an element of assurance that the product does what it says it does. Certification is an expensive drawn out process so the ability to do this depends on the success level of the campaign. Stretch goal.
There are a number of other small new features and improvements that will occur that are too numerous to mention here - such as minor tweeks to the user graphics, animations etc.
The Redkey is available on it's own, or as part of a kit containing other coloured keys. The other coloured keys are not the same as the Redkey.
The Blue & Green keys are simply regular, empty, USB sticks - set in the same style as the Redkey. They are just for storing your data files like any other regular USB stick, however - they are manufactured to the same high quality specification as the Redkey.
Use them prior to, or following the use of the Redkey to store or transfer files that you actually want to keep. You must make sure you back up any data you want to keep before using the Redkey, because once it's gone, it's gone forever. The Blue and Green keys are optional extras that help simplify your backup and restoration tasks if applicable, but the Redkey will still work fine on it's own, without them. Full comprehensive instructions and advice is included in a printed instruction manual covering various uses for each key.
Risks and challenges
The Redkey is already a working product, so there is minimal risk involved backing this project. All of the hard work was done during the previous Redkey campaign!
The main focus of this project is to improve the Redkey software system that is embedded in to the Key.
Most other aspects of the product will remain the same as they are already. In summary, everything is already in place to make this product as everything has been figured out already.
As per Kickstarter recommendations, I've had to allow plenty of time to get things done. In this way, the schedule is a bit of an over-estimate. The last project took 5 months to fulfil. I will deliver the goods sooner if possible, but it usually takes a few months to update and test software code because it's a time-consuming process. In the meantime, I will be preparing everything for assembly & shipping.
The feedback from previous backers has been truly positive and encouraging - please take a look at the comments from the last campaign when you get a moment. If you have any questions - please join in the community using the comments section above. Also, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions on: contact (at) redkeyusb (dot) com Thanks for looking!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter