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31 May 2023

No need to remember passwords or credit card PIN numbers: This device will do it for you

Ashraf Samawi, Chairman, Arkami and Tareq Risheq, CEO, Arkami holding a myIDkey. (SUPPLIED)

By Waheed Abbas

Be it credit card pin numbers or email passwords, people have to remember or store a number of passwords in their daily lives. But this practice is now history with the launch of a new device that secures your passwords and other personal information.

A new biometric-secure, finger-swipe activated Bluetooth/USB drive manages passwords and ID information for you without fear of losing the data.
Launched by US-based biometrics and personalised security firm Arkami, the myIDkey device is so secure that in case if one loses the device or  if someone tries to break into it, it will auto erase all the passwords and data stored.
But still don't worry about losing personal data. The company will have back-up on its website from where the customers can again access their personal data into their new device.
The device can have also multiple users and can be accessed by other family members by incorporating their finger prints and voice activation in the Bluetooth/USB drive.
Tareq Risheq, CEO and founder of Arkami, said: “MyIDkey is particularly important in the Middle East, where aggressive public and private sector technology investments are driving adoption of integrated digital services such as e-Government platforms, which are now widely adopted across the region.
"In the midst of the ongoing digital transformation, online users are constantly creating and changing passwords to protect and access data or use new applications and services – from email accounts to more sensitive platforms such as online banking. There are so many passwords and accounts, in fact, that it can be almost impossible to remember them all.
"MyIDkey solves this universal problem by providing an easy-to-use, portable solution that allows secure access to passwords and biometric information at any time, from anywhere.”
MyIDkey is a complete password management system that auto-fills passwords across all frequently used websites on all personal computers and smart mobile devices. Using iPhone and Android devices, myIDkey can easily manage and edit passwords and encrypt select files to protect with the user’s unique fingerprint.
He said Bluetooth-USB device currently comes with the 8GB storage facility and will be upgraded to 16GB when relaunched in September in the US.
Speaking in Dubai on Tuesday, Risheq said the 16GB device will be available in this region from the first quarter of next year with a price tag of $149 (Dh547).
He said it is split into two sections so if one loses the USB storage part of the device, the part remains unaffected.