John McAfee, the inventor of the McAfee Anti-Virus software, is best known these days for his often disturbing life. In 2012, he was accused of murdering his neighbor in Belize, and more recently was arrested for DUI in Tennessee.
McAfee is also running for president of the United States. And, according to reports, the one-time multimillionaire has burned through most of his money.
Yet, he is also still a brilliant tech inventor. In fact, by March he'll launch a device that could completely upend how you keep your home and digital devices secure.
He is raising money on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, to launch Everykey (see photo). He has already raised about three and a half times the $20,000 he said was needed, so it looks like it'll be available soon.
Everykey is an incredible concept. It's a physical device that uses Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 connectivity to unlock your Internet of Things devices, like your front door, your home alarm system, your garage door, your lights and more.
It'll also use that connectivity to unlock your digital device's passwords, and your debit cards' PINs. And probably a lot more. Everykey's Development Kit is being made available to third-party developers, so they can create apps for it. The possibilities seem endless.
Everykey will be compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and other operating systems. Plus, it will work with most Web browsers.
If you lose your Everykey, you can remotely freeze it from anywhere. Upgrades to Everykey's software will automatically be sent to your device.
It will run on a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, with a 30-day life. It'll have a microUSB to USB connection to charge it.
McAfee says Everykey is secure. He's developing it with AES 128-bit encryption that the U.S. military uses, to hide your activity from hackers. Encryption essentially scrambles your identity, and can only be unlocked with a password.
With Everykey, each time an encrypted password is used, it'll be discarded and never used again. So, even if hackers were to hack your Everykey, the information they found wouldn't do them much good.
Check out this video of John McAfee explaining how Everykey will work.