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Sponsored App Review: HyprKey Password Manager

December 15, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Description: HyprKey is a password manager for Android that allows you to take your internet identity with you, safely and securely. With no limit on how many accounts you can store info for, HyprKey can help you manage multiple different passwords for multiple accounts without the need to remember them all. How HyprKey does this is by taking two-step authentication to the Cloud, you can login to multiple accounts across browsers as well as cross-platform. The HyprKey server itself doesn’t have the power to access your accounts and passwords are stored using AES 256-bit encryption. So, can HyprKey offer you two-step authentication for all of your online accounts?

How it Works: Just like other password managers, and other Android apps, HyprKey for Android needs downloading from the Play Store. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to get it set up, with the first step being to input your email address.

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One thing I really like about HyprKey is that there’s a quick guide on their website to guide you through the whole process, and you can find it here. Your next step is to install the Chrome Browser extension and then scan the QR code with the HyprKey app.

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Using a split-key protocol, your phone becomes the password, allowing you to authenticate access to log in to all of your accounts after you’ve authenticated. You simply select the accounts to log in to, and you’ll be logged in. It’s as simple as that.

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On the phone side of things, you can easily set up an App pin, too.

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Those looking for a way to log in to multiple accounts should give HyprKey a go, as it’s really quite simple and easy to use.

Opinion: I use two-step authentication with my Google account, and I always will, it’s a no-brainer to me. Especially with so much of my life online. I definitely do not want someone messing around with my digital stuff. This is why HyprKey has me intrigued. I don’t normally ‘do’ password managers, but I will do two-step authentication, and while I’m still a little wary of giving HyprKey all of my passwords, I am at least assured the server can do nothing with my passwords unless I authenticate something. I have a lot of online accounts, and all of my passwords are different from one another, and I don’t want to store them in a text file in Dropbox (as Sony thinks is safe). With HyprKey, you can keep your passwords safe, while also keeping them at an arm’s length, they’re easy to reach and the browser extension is really handy, too.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Logging in to multiple accounts at once definitely saves you time, but the app itself could do with a little speedboost.
  • Features (5/5) – It’s two-step authentication taken to the cloud, and it applies to everything. Being able to log into all of my online accounts safely and securely, while also saving a ton of time is just great.
  • Theme (4/5) – The app features a decent looking UI, and while it’s not all that pretty, it gets the job done nicely.
  • Overall (4/5) – While not everyone is going to take to HyprKey, I can definitely see why some people would, and until now I’ve been wary of password managers. HyprKey’s sensible use of two-step authentication however has persuaded me.

Pros

  • Doesn’t take too long to get everything up and running, but has enough steps to be a comprehensive password solution.
  • HyprKey’s servers cannot do anything with your passwords on its own, and they’re all encrypted using 256-bit AES as it is.
  • Makes good use of smartphone features like the camera to scan temporary codes.
  • Unlimited amount of accounts makes it easy to keep your whole internet identity nice and organized.

Cons

  • The HyprKey concept is one that could be explained a little better.
  • The app was a little sluggish for me when I was getting things started.

Conclusion: In the past, I’ve personally been very wary of password managers. The idea of trusting a server, or organization with all my passwords is crazy. However, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt to love as a Google user, it’s two-step authentication. For people, like myself, who take good care of their phones and are never without them, two-step authentication makes so much sense. HyprKey gives us a way of logging in to our accounts en mass, safely and securely, and it works really quite well.

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