John McAfee might have been in the news for his alleged escapades in Belize but his latest project, called D-Central, could be the next big thing for the creator of McAfee anti-virus software. The $100 device, which would work with smartphones and other devices, claims to provide a secure private Internet that no one can snoop into, NSA included. McAfee hopes to have the prototypes ready within the next six months and start selling it in the US next year. Also Read - John McAfee unveils what he calls the 'world's first truly private smartphone'
“The technology including encryption has been developed by me without the intervention of any other organization. It will be completely secure,” McAfee claimed while speaking over a Skype call at the Ground Zero Summit in New Delhi today. “I hope to have a prototype ready in six months and it will be available in the States by this time next year,” he added. Also Read - McAfee’s Chadder messenger with data encryption launched for Android and Windows Phone
D-Central works by creating a secure network with a range of a quarter of a mile to which users can connect their smartphones, tablets and laptops. The device itself would not be connected to the Internet but there will be hubs that will be connected. However, users will be able to communicate with each other and share files.
McAfee also reiterated his paranoia about accessing emails. “Obviously I do not open any email from any person I do not know and only open mails from people I know if they have notified me about the email prior to sending it,” he said.
His paranoia is well known among people who know him. “Paranoia can be a healthy thing. I have to be because I am probably the biggest target in the world,” he said. Not just from various governments but also from regular hackers. “It would give them bragging rights…” McAfee believes and rightly so.