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A North Idaho startup aiming to boost online security and a virtual reality company with Palouse roots are showing their stuff this week at CES, the flashy, cutting-edge gadget show in Las Vegas.

The international showcase for consumer technology and next-generation innovations is where you can check out a phone-app controlled cat food dispenser, a levitating speaker and a “smart hairbrush“ that tracks the health of your mane. (About time!)

It’s also where more practical products are rolled out, such as the Qkey, from Sandpoint-based uQontrol. It’s a chip-enabled device that plugs into any USB port and allows the owner to store their credit card information and access online shopping sites without sharing private data that can be stolen. After logging out, the Qkey leaves behind no footprint.

“Effectively, one key, one password, gets you to every web account you may have, just like one credit card or one debit card, and one PIN number, gets you into every retail store,” said Christopher Maus, founder and CEO of uQontrol.

“It doesn’t connect to any servers; this is the server,” Maus said. “Rather than you going out to them, they are coming in to you, at least for the security elements, your secure data.”

The new security platform lets consumers take control of their privacy online using the same security elements – chip and PIN technology – that are standard in bank cards.

“We use that same security chip to secure all your access to websites, web accounts, bank accounts and your payment accounts, by separating this data off the grid,” Maus said. “So much like you keep your wallet and your keys, your private information, in your pocket, the key does exactly the same thing for the digital world.”

With the digital world so interconnected, and with so many companies taking on the responsibility of storing and securing personal data, cybercrime is a thriving industry, he said.

“We believe they’re never going to secure the internet. They’ve had 25 years,” he said. “You’ll never secure the web. … Most hackers can get into virtually any server, and most all servers in the world have been breached in some very significant ways.”

uQontrol subscribes to the decentralized or disconnected web movement. “It’s where individuals become more at the center of their data than these web accounts,” Maus said.

The company unveiled the concept at CES a year ago, and this week it’s announcing the release of Qkey, with shipping anticipated this quarter. The price is $130, and an optional subscription fee will be available for added benefits such as expanded warranty and free replacement of the key.

If the device is lost or stolen, the data cannot be accessed without entering the correct PIN or password, and repeated attempts will shut it down. The data can be backed up on the cloud or a PC, but it’s fully encrypted.

“The decrypter key is the key itself, just like your credit card,” Maus said.

The Qkey also includes a browser that “makes your PC look more like a mobile phone,” he said. He sees the development of apps for the device, such as one for storing one’s medical records.

Attending the International Consumer Electronics Show this week will help the company build awareness of its product as well as meet with potential strategic distribution partners, Maus said.

uQontrol has a management team of six in the Sandpoint area and is working with engineers in Seattle; San Jose, California; and Houston, Austin and Dallas, Texas.

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2016 ‘s extraordinary designs

The eagerly anticipated technological design showcased at CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Fair , opened its doors to the press before the visitors. Smart phones can be controlled without shoes, unusual fish under water until the instrument showing the location of the mobile phone has seen many design interest.

Jan 5, 2016 Updated 11:41 EDT

Qkey portable security devices can be used to make secure purchases on the Internet. The device can be carried in the pocket with small size and provide safe shopping from any computer.

http://www.aljazeera.com.tr/haber/2016nin-sira-disi-tasarimlari

uQontrol unveils Qkey Chip and PIN Payment Technology

Jan 5th, 2016 – by Editorial0

Forever forgetting your passwords yet being afraid to write them down will soon become a thing of the past! uQontrol is now announcing Qkey, the first chip and PIN device for securing online payments utilizing the same security chip used on the new payment cards. While Qkey patent pending technology emulates the trusted chip and PIN payment card, the one-click smart login technology eliminates the need to enter hard-to-remember passwords.

“Virtual security has proven that without physical involvement by the consumer we just cannot be protected the way we need or deserve. uQontrol sees a world without passwords and a world where online payments look more like in-store payments,” said Christopher Maus, CEO of uQontrol.

Qkey offers Single-click safe access

Now, with a single click you can shop without typing in URLs, entering passwords, filling out forms or entering credit card numbers, reducing vulnerable points used by hackers to steal personal information.

With the Qkey “smart login” you can also store favourite websites, shipping information, and other sensitive data, reducing the need for re-typing in information for online transactions. uQontrol also took a page from the mobile design playbook and created Qkey one-click navigation for a more natural, frictionless experience.

With the Qkey “smart wallet”, you can easily carry and store their payment cards and other sensitive information securely in their pocket—off the PC, off the browser, and out of the cloud.

uQontrol will soon be making their Software Development Kits (SDK) available for app developers. Qkey is currently in Beta testing and will be available to the public in Q2 of this year.

If you’re interested, more information (and pre-order!) is available here

http://www.businesstoday.net.my/uqontrol-unveils-qkey-chip-and-pin-payment-technology/

CES 2016: technology to facilitate routine counter

BY VERISIGN IN JANUARY 7, 2016COLUMNISTS, NIVALDO CLETO

On the second day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016, January 7th, the first open to the public, since the initial introductions were only the press, the highlight was safety. Among the novelties presented was a safety device for virtual transactions, the uQontrol called QKey. This device allows, in virtual transactions, all passwords are changed by a single click.

http://www.certisignexplica.com.br/ces-2016-tecnologia-para-facilitar-a-rotina-do-contador/

Qkey offers a safer way to browse and shop online

Clark Howard Staff Thursday, January 7 th 2016

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So much of what’s popping up at CES 2016 is about security and your protecting yourself online. Qkey is a device that lets you store personal info on it enabling you to safely browse and shop the web on any computer.

Imagine someone creating a browser that sits in your pocket, constantly at the ready to let you to securely access any websites. Qkey is what’s called a zero-footprint device. All your info is stored in your key, which uses the technology known as chip and PIN to let you make payments online while eliminating the need for you to remember passwords. There’s nobody in between your data and the transaction anymore!

One key to rule them all…

“Everything that protects our world is in our pockets: Our wallets and our keys. What we did is merge the two,” a Qkey spokesman told Team Clark. “We took the chip card and merged into a chip key. Now you’re able to go into every website with a more secured environment and no more password. The fear of entering in payment data is gone and the frustration of filling out forms…it’s all gone.”

So what happens if you lose the key?

Since this product comes out the banking world, the same thing happens if you lose your Qkey that would happen if you lose your credit card: You get a new key sent to you!

Your back-up data is secured on your PC in what’s called a public/private key. “So what that means is its encrypted, there’s not a hacker in the world that can breach it,” the spokesperson said. “But you have to have a key to decrypt.”

Qkey: It’s quantum security on a key.

Audio Interview: https://soundcloud.com/clark-howard/qkey

http://www.clarkhoward.com/qkey-ces-2016

Consumer Electronics Show CES2016 uQontrol Qkey chip PIN secure online payments

DrivingTheNation

Published on Jan 6, 2016

Consumer Electronics Show CES2016 uQontrol, Inc. is unveiling Qkey, the first chip and PIN device for securing online payments utilizing the same security chip used on the new payment cards.

The future is installed in Las Vegas

The CES , the largest exhibition of consumer electronics , today opens its doors to the press in Las Vegas, on the eve of the official opening to advance the new products showcased more than 3,000 companies


A QKey , computer high security key for electronic shopping. Picture : AFP

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My First Look at Digital Health at CES

Posted on January 5, 2016 I Written By John Lynn

From a security and privacy perspective, I was really impressed by the Qkey. In many cases, CES Unveiled was a progression of existing technologies. However, I’d never seen anything like Qkey. The Qkey is basically a key size device that you can plug into any computer. You can then run a web browser (one they developed) and securely surf the internet. It also has a number of other interesting security features like securing storing your credit card info so that you don’t have to hit any keystrokes. Not only is that convenient, but it makes it so keyloggers can’t capture your credit card info either. I’m planning to stop by their booth and get one that I can use. So, I’ll report back on it more later.

The one challenge with the Qkey for health care is that it runs a custom web browser. I’d be interested to know if it works with the web based EHR out there or not. However, that doesn’t really matter since you can’t run any of the client server applications like Cerner, Epic, or MEDITECH on it. So, it’s not really an option for a large portion of healthcare. From a patient perspective, it could be a great way to access their health info. I love that Qkey is looking at security and privacy from a very different perspective though.

http://www.emrandhipaa.com/emr-and-hipaa/2016/01/05/my-first-look-at-digital-health-at-ces/

Gadgets at CES

Wed, January 6, 2016

CES is an electronics and technology tradeshow showcasing the newest gadgets, 2016 includes a Samsung fridge which let’s you order takeaway as well as letting you know when food is going out of date.

A Qkey, a removable security device for personal information to be used in online shopping [Getty Images]

http://www.express.co.uk/pictures/galleries/4126/Gadgets-technology-CES-pictures/A-Qkey-93302

Here’s What Happened at CES on Monday, in 9 Photos
by Andrew Nusca @editorialiste
JANUARY 5, 2016, 11:53 AM EST

7) Security was top of mind.
A Qkey, a removable security device for personal information to be used in online shopping, is shown at The CES Unveiled press event on January 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
There was an array of products aimed at protecting personal information. Pictured above is a Qkey, a removable security device for personal information meant to be used for online shopping, at the CES Unveiled event.

http://fortune.com/2016/01/05/ces-2016-monday-photos/?iid=sr-link1

Make More Secure Online Transactions with the QKey

Announced today at CES, uControl, Inc. is finally unveiling the QKey, which is the first chip and PIN device for securing online payments using the same security chip you might’ve seen in the credit and debit cards that you use today.

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With technology pending a patent, the QKey will be a great substitute to the chip and pen payment card, virtually eliminating the need to remember those difficult passwords that you probably have stashed in a notepad somewhere.

“Virtual security has proven that without physical involvement by the consumer we just cannot be protected the way we need or deserve. uQontrol sees a world without passwords and a world where online payments look more like in-store payments,” said Christopher Maus, CEO of uQontrol.

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This is an ideal piece of technology and a GREAT start of what’s to come at CES. More importantly, you can store your favorite passwords, shipping information, and various forms of data, so you won’t ever have to worry about someone looking over your shoulder as you type in your password. Never again have to worry about re-typing in your information for those Amazon purchases or other online transactions. Also coming with the QKey “smart wallet”, users of the QKey will have all of their payment and loyalty cards sitting securely in their pocket, whenever you need it. Currently in beta, the QKey will be available in the second quarter of 2016.

http://geardiary.com/2016/01/04/make-more-secure-online-transactions-with-the-qkey/

uQontrol Unveils Qkey at CES 2016

January 4, 2016 By JenThorpe

uQontrol is unveiling Qkey at CES 2016. The Qkey is a zero-footprint device that provides a rich consumer experience while eliminating the pain of entering passwords, the fear of exposing payment card data, and the frustration of filling out forms.

Qkey is the first chip and PIN device for securing online payments utilizing the same security chip used on the new payment cards. While Qkey patent pending technology emulates the trusted chip and PIN payment card, the one-click smart login technology eliminates the need to enter hard-to-remember passwords.

With the Qkey “smart login” users can also store favorite websites, shipping information, and other sensitive data, reducing the need for re-typing in information for online transactions. uQontrol also took a page from the mobile design playbook and created Qkey one-click navigation for a more natural, frictionless experience.

With the Qkey “smart wallet”, users carry and store their payment cards and other sensitive information securely in their pocket – off the PC, off the browser, and out of the cloud. uQontrol will soon be making their Software Development Kits (SDK) available for app developers. Qkey is currently in Beta testing and will be available to the public in Q2 of 2016.

Visit uQontrol at CES 2016 in the South Hall Exhibit, booth # 21424 (between Alibaba and MasterCard).

http://geeknewscentral.com/2016/01/04/ucontrol-unveils-qkey-at-ces-2016/

CES 2016: Wacky gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

January 5, 2016 12:18 GMT

A Qkey, a removable security device for personal information to be used in online shopping. A Qkey allows the user a new way to shop and secure personal information online, while wecuring payment data using the new Chip and PIN payment card technology developed by Visa and MasterCard.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ces-2016-wacky-gadgets-consumer-electronics-show-las-vegas-1536072

ITProTV – CES 2016 Interview with Qkey from uQontrol

Published on Jan 12, 2016

Christopher Maus of uQontrol shows the smart technology inside the Qkey device.

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These gadgets will help you check-out faster at the register, make secure payments online and more.

By Lisa Gerstner, From Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, March 2016

Gadgets that make shopping easier or more secure were on display at this year’s CES, the giant consumer electronics trade show. Here are three to watch for:

Secure payments: Load all of your payment info on Qkey, which plugs into the USB port of your compute or tablet and contains the same type of microchip that comes with chip-enabled credit cards. When it’s time to shop online, plug in Qkey, and remove it when you’re done. Your info is off the grid, safer from hackers, with only an encrypted backup file on your computer (preorder for $89 at Qkey.com).

Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T062-C000-S002-high-tech-ways-to-shop.html#avSQ2M86RuO5Twb3.99

Chip and PIN Payment Technology NOW Secures Online Transactions

10/26/15 09:17 AM EDT

uQontrol Unveils Qkey™ the First Chip and PIN Ecommerce Payment Solution

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26, 2015

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Money 20/20 Conference — uQontrol, Inc. unveiled Qkey the FIRST chip and PIN solution for securing payments online. The Qkey is a “radically simple” solution that begins with embedding the same security chip used on the new paymentcards onto a payment key for making secured online payments without any change needed by merchants or card issuers.  While the Qkey patent pending technology “emulates” the trusted chip and PIN payment card, the one-click “smart login” technology eliminates the need for ever having to enter hard to remember passwords. “Virtual security has proven that without physical involvement by the consumer we just can’t be protected the way we need and deserve. uQontrol sees a world without passwords and a world where online payments look more like payments at brick-and-mortar rather than the other way around,” said Christopher Maus, CEO of uQontrol.  Now, with a single click consumers can shop without typing in URLs, entering passwords, filling out forms or entering credit card numbers; reducing vulnerable points used by hackers to steal personal information. uQontrol and other members of the FIDO® (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance are dedicated to reducing and/or eliminating passwords as a prevailing method for logging in to all web accounts.  “It’s pretty simple; we wouldn’t tolerate having to enter a password for opening the door at our favorite coffee shop, then manually typing in our credit card data on a computer terminal to buy a cup of coffee… but that’s exactly what we do online; the experience can’t get much worse,” continued Christopher Maus.

Qkey users can also store favorite websites, shipping information and other sensitive data reducing the need for typing-in information for online transactions. uQontrol also took a page from the “mobile” design playbook and created the Qkey “one-click” navigation for a more natural, frictionless experience.  With the Qkey “smart wallet” the users carry and store their card data and other sensitive information more securely in their pocket  ̶  off the PC, off the browser, off the grid.  uQontrol is dedicated to consumer security and is creating an ever expanding suite of features providing an even smarter, safer and more friendly consumer experience and will soon be making our Software Development Kits (SDK) available for app developers. Qkey is currently in Beta testing and will be available to the public early next year.

About uQontrol
uQontrol, Inc. developed the first Chip and PIN Payment platform for storing payment cards and securing ecommerce transactions.   Qkey is significantly expanding online security while improving the user experience by “emulating” the new Chip and PIN payment cards used for purchases at brick and mortar stores.   The Qkey provides a more natural experience both for making payments and instant web account login with one-click “Smart Login” technology replacing the need for hard to remember passwords.

For more information or to Order a Qkey, visit www.Qkey.com.

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SOURCE uQontrol, Inc

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Best of CES 2016 in pictures: The year IoT took over

The best of CES 2016 in pictures, featuring a whole lot of IoT, smart home, and wearable technology.

IoT, home networking dominate CES 2016

CES 2016 kicked off this week with a clear shift in focus from the smartphones and tablets of the past few years to the increasingly connected home and the spread of the Internet of Things. Smart home-related technology can be found anywhere at CES this year, while maximizing the home network has reemerged as a top priority to accommodate both the IoT and the rise of streaming content.

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Image courtesy uQontrol

Qkey brings chip-and-pin security to online shopping

With Qkey, uQontrol aims to extend the same security of new chip-and-pin credit cards to online shopping. Through a one-time setup process, users can store their credit card information and favorite online shopping sites. Then, to use it, the device needs to be plugged into a PC or tablet’s USB post and a PIN number needs to be entered into a smartphone to confirm the purchase. UQontrol says the device, which is available for pre-order, will ship in the second quarter of this year, and that it is planning to release an SDK soon.

http://www.networkworld.com/article/3017710/mobile-wireless/best-of-ces-2016-in-pictures-the-year-iot-took-over.html#slide13

CES 2016 – 07/01/2016 – chave Qkey da uQontrol

Nivaldo Cleto

Published on Jan 7, 2016

Segurança, a palavra do momento. A uQontrol trouxe uma solução promissora !

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uQontrol unveils Qkey Chip and PIN Payment Technology

January 5, 2016 | By BusinessToday.net.my |

Forever forgetting your passwords yet being afraid to write them down will soon become a thing of the past! uQontrol is now announcing Qkey, the first chip and PIN device for securing online payments utilizing the same security chip used on the new payment cards. While Qkey patent pending technology emulates the trusted chip and PIN payment card, the one-click smart login technology eliminates the need to enter hard-to-remember passwords.

“Virtual security has proven that without physical involvement by the consumer we just cannot be protected the way we need or deserve. uQontrol sees a world without passwords and a world where online payments look more like in-store payments,” said Christopher Maus, CEO of uQontrol.

Qkey offers Single-click safe access

Now, with a single click you can shop without typing in URLs, entering passwords, filling out forms or entering credit card numbers, reducing vulnerable points used by hackers to steal personal information.

With the Qkey “smart login” you can also store favourite websites, shipping information, and other sensitive data, reducing the need for re-typing in information for online transactions. uQontrol also took a page from the mobile design playbook and created Qkey one-click navigation for a more natural, frictionless experience.

With the Qkey “smart wallet”, you can easily carry and store their payment cards and other sensitive information securely in their pocket—off the PC, off the browser, and out of the cloud.

uQontrol will soon be making their Software Development Kits (SDK) available for app developers. Qkey is currently in Beta testing and will be available to the public in Q2 of this year.

If you’re interested, more information (and pre-order!) is available here

http://sme.org.my/2016/01/05/uqontrol-unveils-qkey-chip-and-pin-payment-technology/

Is this the future of online security? Why uQontrol thinks its Qkey is different

Startup launches affordable ‘three-factor’ authentication for the masses

By John E Dunn | Mar 27, 2015

US-based startup uQontrol has pre-launched what it claims is the world’s first ‘three-factor’ authentication token consumers can use to secure online shopping transactions and personal data from sophisticated man-in-the-middle attacks, keyloggers and phishing trickery.

Outwardly the Qkey is a metal USB stick in a key shape but a closer look reveals an embedded EMV chip of the sort Europeans have been using for a decade on credit and debit cards but which are only now being offered to US consumers.

Users first add their credit card data, shipping information and preferred websites to the Qkey through a dedicated browser interface which is then stored on its 4GB of storage in an encrypted state.

Using the Qkey to buy something from a website requires first inserting the device into any Windows PC (Mac support is promised), firing up the secure browser after entering a strong master password (factor one). Users next choose a card from the digital wallet interface after which a one-time PIN is sent to them via mobile device (factor 2).  After entering the PIN, the key must be physically tapped to confirm payment (factor three).

The three-factor layering is important. If a thief gets hold of the physical key, to proceed they would need both the master password to access the wallet and the user’s mobile device to receive the PIN. Any two of those won’t work – guessing the password incorrectly more than three times renders the key unusable. Each Qkey is unique to each user so having a random Qkey makes no difference.

As for mobile, the Qkey will work today with Windows OS devices with support for Android and iOS promised for the near future. The Qkey will connect to these using built-in NFC, an upgrade that will be enabled later in 2015, the firm said.

Although probably not hard to use, the firm still has a job on its hands explaining some of the possible complications.

What happens if the Qkey is lost or the user forgets the master password? Forgetting this data will require a reset by uQontrol, a process one assumes to be extended because of the obvious need to authenticate every caller. As for the data stored on the device, one encrypted backup is allowed on a designated ‘home’ PC.

“Just like chip and PIN cards are being introduced this year to secure retail transactions, we created a chip and PIN key with the same micro-chip technology to make online purchases more secure,” said uQontrol founder and CEO, Christopher Maus.

“Then we went one step further and designed an ideal online shopping experience that’s not only more secure but also easier, faster and more engaging.”

According to Maus, the Qkey emulates a chip and PIN terminal for online shopping, something the credit card industry has been trying and failing to do for a decade, mainly because it added too much expense and complexity for the average consumer to put up with.

On that topic, the Qkey currently costs $79 (including shipping) for early adopters wanting the Premium version but will revert to $129 after 17 April. That price includes a second Qkey ‘basic’ to give to a friend of family member. A free replacement key is also part of the deal although after year one an ongoing subscription fee of $49 is necessary to retain premium features.

The design is clever but will its target market grasp the benefits?

That could be a tough sell as might the $129 upfront cost and ongoing subscription fee. Currently, the product still has some way to mature and you suspect it will need to offer support for Mac as well as PC and both major mobile platforms to stand a chance of gaining traction.  Note that delivery timescales are stated as being 120 days from the April deadline, which might put some people off.

For now at least the Qkey seems unlikely to become a mass-market product and its business model might need an institutional partner if it is to establish itself. It could also do with a rival to legitimise the approach to security – currently there is no other product quite like the Qkey.

What isn’t in doubt is that online consumer security is in need of a shot in the arm. Too many people are being ripped off by the vulnerability of Windows computers and the lack of an adequate, affordable, convenient system for authenticating people on the Internet.

The Qkey might or might not be the answer but with so much insecurity about it has a chance.

http://www.techworld.com/news/security/is-this-future-of-online-security-why-uqontrol-thinks-its-qkey-is-different-3605719/

CES 2016: Meet the stand-out security and privacy gadgets

Meet some of the best security and privacy gadgets at this year’s CES 2016 tech exp

Qkey aims to revolutionize how we pay for things online. After chip-and-PIN finally made it to the US, it has yet to make it to the desktop. That’s where tech firm uQontrol wants to step in. The Qkey plugs in like a USB stick, turning your computer into a payment terminal. The device promises to keep your payment information off the grid.

Published: January 8, 2016 — 17:00 GMT (09:00 PST)

Caption by: Zack Whittaker

Edited original content for relevance and sizing, full article below.

http://www.zdnet.com/pictures/security-privacy-gadgets-tech-ces-2016-pictures/8/