Kiwis, never forget your password again with the Mycena app
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App developer Lookiimedia has announced the release of Mycena, a new password management app for both Android and iOS devices.
The app is designed to make saving and retrieving passwords fast and painless, providing up to three levels of password security, free for the first five passwords.
Mycena uses fingerprint, voice and face keys, with each encrypted key opening the next level of security.
The app can be used to protect passwords and other sensitive information, such as bank account details.
For devices that do not have built-in fingerprint recognition, Mycena uses a pin-code as its first level of security, then progresses through voice and face keys to provide the additional levels of security.
Julia O’Toole, Lookiimedia director says, “Today pretty much everybody needs to remember multiple passwords for their email, their bank account, online shopping at Amazon and so on.
“Lots of my friends were complaining about having to remember all their passwords and not being able to find a convenient, simple, non-technical app that would let them do it easily and securely.”
“The one thing that people pretty much always have on them these days is their smart phone, so we wanted something that would run on their personal device and not rely on a cloud-based service.”
Mycena can be used on multiple devices including a mix of Android and iOS, and passwords can be synchronised via Mycena’s cloud service.
The company recommends that users delete the cloud copy of their passwords once synchronisation is complete.
There’s a conventional wisdom that suggests cloud-based password solutions are the most secure.
However, there have been enough hacks and ransomware events to show that cloud solutions are not infallible.
O’Toole continues, “Even though the Cloud is 99.99% safe and passwords are encrypted, making it more difficult for a hacker to crack, we think keeping all the passwords in the same vault on the Cloud automatically makes it an attractive target for hackers.”
Mycena is free to download and store the first five passwords.
As more password storage is required, users can buy expansion packs of 20, 50 or 120 password slots for one-time fees