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'NSA proof' keyless security system software hits Kickstarter

Promises to encrypt data, making it inaccessible to hackers without passwords
Thu Aug 07 2014, 17:28
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A KEYLESS SECURITY SYSTEM that doesn't use databases and never stores passwords has hit the Kickstarter crowdfunding website, promising to encrypt data and make it inaccessible to hackers and spies.

A startup named Venux has created an "NSA proof" security system called Venux Files, a universal file management system that provides access to many cloud-based services such as Dropbox and iCloud, making it easier for users to store, access, and manage files securely from any location.

"Your credentials are only stored in your mind," said Venux on its Kickstarter webpage. "We guarantee with 100 percent certainty that data encrypted with Venux is inaccessible to hackers, spies, and all other unwanted surveillance."

Anything encrypted with Venux Files will only be visible to the account used during the encryption process, the firm claims, promising not store any personal data for better ecurity.

The security system is split into two separate pieces of software. Venux Connect, which is a communications tool designed to provide secure communications for user contacts through video call, audio call, and text chat, and Venux Multimedia Engine, a universal media player and rendering engine that covers most codecs.

While the former simplifies the process of sharing files and screen sharing, meaning it is easier for users to manage business or keep in touch with contacts, the latter a single program that can open and play images, videos, audio, vector, 3D, and medical imaging formats. This lets you play nearly all formats and edit and convert multimedia files.

"Use it for photo editing, to trim video clips, and to add filters to your audio. MME lets you stream audio and video from other places like ShoutCast and YouTube directly inside Multimedia Engine.

Both of the products are free except the add-on extras, for which you have to pay separately.

"All Venux programs allow you to securely share files with your Venux contacts. You can securely store your data locally and on your favorite cloud-based services," the firm added.

Supported platform include Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Venux programs will be released for Windows and Mac on the first release.

The software has a pledge goal of $150,000 to get the service up and running. So far it has had a rather disappointing pledge total of $171, but it still has 27 days to go.

Through the "early bird special" pledge offer, those pledging $20 or more will receive a non-expiring Venux 20GB Prepaid Encryption Plan. $40 or more will get you 60GB, $60 100GB, $100 200GB, $200 500GB, $300 1TB and $400 or more will get you 2TB.

If you've got the dosh, $500 will get you 5TB, $5,000 100TB and if you're really rich then you can pledge $10,000 for 500TB worth of storage.

The Venux Files campaign on Kickstarter will end on 3 September. µ


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