Rugged Computer Inside Micro SD Card
Since millions of hackers, spammers and scammers are hunting for your personal online information, you cannot expect your passwords to remain safe, despite their complexity. Most of us worry about losing our password, as we constantly register with more and more online services.
However, Google is also concerned about your security on the Internet and wants to help you protect your most valuable information in the most reasonable way. Google created what is the smallest computer - Project Vault.
This catchy name was introduced on the second day of the annual Google I / O Developer Conference.
Project Vault is a completely secure computer developed by Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), packaged in a microSD card that can be inserted into any system, whether it be a PC or mobile phone.
Vault, technically, is a computer, but it is not an ordinary computer. Rather, it is a new way to communicate with friends and log in to the network, without entering passwords.
Today, we choose passwords that we think are tricky or easy to remember. Google wants to make your passwords even more personal than we might think.
A small chip can authorize you even before the program or site asks for your password. In short, Vault will make your primary authorization (i.e. using a password) secondary. In this case, you will not have to do anything.
With Project Vault, Google will turn your devices into your identifiers. Vault can encrypt or protect your applications and chat messages by providing additional levels of verification so that your device can be sure that you are really you.
Demonstrating the trial version, the ATAP team showed how two people can safely communicate with each other using smartphones with Vault installed in them. Once the chip is installed, the communication program opens a virtual system consisting of two files, with functions to read / write, input / output.
Vault encrypts chat messages, sending them as a code, through a special secure channel. Vault never sends them over the phone so no one can spy on you. After receiving the message, the phone automatically decrypts it, but at the same time, none of the phones participating in the correspondence can recognize the keys or algorithms.
The company says you can also encrypt videos with Vault.
Project Vault has:
- An ARM-based processor;
- Close Communication System (NFC) for communication with nearby devices;
- 4 gigabytes of "isolated, sealed" internal memory;
- Its ultra-secure operating system focuses on privacy and data protection.
- A set of cryptographic services.
Vault uses a specially made real-time operating system (RTOS) with a set of encryption services including hashing, group encoding, subscription and a hardware random number generator. All this is done in order to keep your information and your communication with friends in complete safety.
Vault works with any operating system, including Android, Windows, Linux and OS X, because it is a storage device compatible with any computer and phone.
I call it smarter, because here all the work is done by the device itself, without the participation of a person in configuring the device. This makes it very convenient to use.
Project Vault is now in a "very experimental stage" and in the process of preparation for use, but the source code of its system is already available on GitHub so that developers can begin to study it.