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Brief Published: 20 Jan 2015

CES 2015: Security & Privacy

L-R: Lockphone, Vysk, Hypr-3

As highlighted in Super Security, people are worried about protecting their data and privacy in an increasingly digital age. In tune with this, the International Consumer Electronics Show (January 6-9) introduced Personal Privacy and Cyber Security marketplaces on the show floor this year, featuring a range of products for the concerned consumer.

  • US-based Vysk produces a line of iPhone charging cases that protect users against potential hacking. Along with a cover that conceals the camera lens, software encrypts the phone's photo gallery, while an accompanying messaging app, Vysk Private Text, enables secure communication. The premium model also encrypts voice data for untraceable calls.
  • Created in Hong Kong, the Lockphone takes privacy concerns a step further by integrating encryption technology into the Android phone itself, giving users total control over their data. Showing early prototypes at the show, Lockphone is yet to confirm a date for market release.
  • Providing financial security, New York-based Hypr-3 is a biometric payment key that replaces standard authentication with a fingerprint. The ultra-slim design means it can be stuck to the back of a phone or carried on a key chain. Hypr-3 enables access to a digital wallet, and secures credit card or Bitcoin payments to eliminate fraud. This level of protection allows for unconventional transactions, such as spending Bitcoin through a debit card.

For more on products designed to keep consumers secure, see Privacy-Focused Smartphone, Norton Frequency-Blocking Jeans and Digital Tattoo Unlocks Phone.

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