Google at its I/O unveiled a bunch of interesting updates alongside the big Android M announcement. One of them was Project Vault which is nothing but an entire secure computer inside a microSD card. During the Advanced Technology and Projects session at I/O, Google’s Regina Duggan describes Project Vault as a hardware solution to make your smartphones more secure by adding authentication. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealed
Focused on privacy and data security, it runs on an ARM processor with 4GB storage and a secure RTOS operating system. It also has an NFC chip and an antenna, and comes with a suite of cryptographic services, including hashing, hardware random number generator, signing and batch encryption. When used, Project Vault will automatically secure files using all of the services mentioned above. Also Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
What Project Vault aims to do is make security a priority all the time, at all places to any device with a micro SD slot. The project’s aim is to enable secure communications, and shows up just as an ordinary storage card to its host device. It is OS-agnostic as well, and runs on iOS, Android or Windows. The Vault’s software supports text, video and voice messaging as long as both the devices have Vault cards in them. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
ATAP demoed how Vault can be used to make a text conversation more secure. Once the Vault micro SD is installed, it takes care of encrypting the message and then sending it though as cipher text. The message is then automatically decrypted as well, with Vault doing all algorithm work.
Project Vault is still in its very early stages and the SDK is made available to developers.
Watch Project Vault demo at Google I/O (begin from 1:10:00).