Cybercrime is literally the biggest threat facing the world right now. Nothing “the experts” do seems to stop hackers stealing identities and property, threatening our entire global infrastructure and now, even de-stabilising Governments.
That’s why we need a new weapon, and a radical new approach. It's called Shayype!
When something as new as Shayype comes along, it’s difficult to convince people that it’ll change things for the better. We’re so used to things being bad, we find it difficult to believe they might get better.
When people first started using computers, passwords offered adequate protection, but no more. Passwords ARE now the problem as they can be captured and re-used too easily – and this is STILL the hacker’s favourite way in. So why are we still using them – especially as Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicted as long ago as 2004 that passwords were on the way out.
What’s needed in their place is a NEW way to say who we are, which doesn’t help hackers. Now here’s the exciting bit. We think we’ve created such a system – it’s called Shayype. However, we need a little bit of help – and this is where YOU come in; to build the software we need to get it tested. Please help us in this, as we are really passionate about making the world a safer place!
But wait! There’s more! We all know there’s a real problem with password usability. Many of us HATE being ordered to use longer and stronger passwords and to change them regularly (and no, a “strong” password ISN’T one written on non-bendy card… nor does “Paris” in a password count as a capital). Again, Shayype is the answer, as it’s far easier than passwords.
Shayype users like you and me will have the ability to strongly confirm our identity (or authorisation) in almost any scenario, without giving anything away that a hacker could use.
“For far too long things have been weighted in favour of the hacker and against people like us, who just want to go about our daily business safely,” says Jonathan Craymer, Co-designer of Shayype.
“The big problem with using passwords, usernames, account numbers or anything else ‘fixed’, is that they are so easy to copy and re-use.
With Shayype we’re aiming to move the dial back in favour of users, allowing them to confirm their identity or authorisation in a way a hacker couldn’t possibly replicate – in a way that’s far easier to use than passwords.”
With Shayype, instead of fixed passwords users “draw” simple patterns or shapes on a little matrix of squares. These then “prompt” users to read off a different code every time. It’s as simple as that.
Raising 100% of our goal (£40,000) will enable us to hire a programmer for a year (£25,000), begin testing on websites (£5000) and commission initial security “penetration” tests (£10,000).
If we can (with your help) raise 150% of the target (£60,000), we’ll be able to hire-in some extra outsourced programming time (£20,000), which will hugely speed up development.
Raising twice the target amount - 200% (£80,000), will allow us to hire two programmers, as well as everything above PLUS implement some PR and awareness raising!
We aim to do lots of testing, which is absolutely VITAL with something as new as Shayype.
Phase 1 – trials on our own online test site, due to start during March 2017.
Phase 2 – trials on real websites; it’s here that we need your help in getting the software built. With your assistance we aim to start these by July 2017.
There will be an ongoing need for development of Shayype, in particular the way it works in the cloud, and further security (penetration) testing. (With a product like Shayype, proof that it’s secure is vital).
There’s always a risk with something new like Shayype, that someone else might launch something similar before we get to market. However, we’ve thoroughly researched the market and believe that our 'patent applied for' Shayype “back end” technology is unlikely to be bettered.
Cloud-pin Ltd is a two-man start-up based in Cambridgeshire, UK. It currently has no external investors and is thus far completely self-funded.
We have just had our first patent (GB 1419749.5) granted! This relates to an older method for making “hashed” pattern secrets work faster, but is nevertheless extremely useful. But… we also have a second patent application underway covering our revolutionary “back end” technology. This is about to be filed by our patent attorney.
Chairman of Cloud-pin Ltd, Jonathan pioneered pattern-based authentication in Europe in 2005. He founded Gridsure, which carried out early development on the concept, and in 2013 he created Cloud-pin to continue this work. Cloud-pin’s ShayypeTM suite of products has now taken graphical authentication to a new level, where it is ready to begin a programme of user testing. Jonathan’s background is in communications, media (both print and broadcast) public relations and conference organisation. He also founded The Bigger Sales Company Ltd, which has successfully marketed the products of several UK and International companies (covering sectors ranging from software to commercial vehicle components), and he has lectured and held courses on marketing. In 2008, Gridsure under Jonathan’s chairmanship, was awarded “Cool Vendor” status by Gartner, and in 2009 the same company won UKTI’s Franco-British Award for Innovation with Jonathan at the helm.
Jon is the Technical Director of Cloud-Pin Ltd. A graduate of De Montfort University (BEng [Hons] in Electronic Engineering), he joined Philips Communications and Security in Cambridge, as a Systems Design Engineer in 1989 working on large security systems such as Manchester Airport (Terminal 2) and the Bank of England. He has since undertaken software development roles for BT, Nokia, EDS, IBM and T-Mobile. He is the founder of website development and marketing company, Netflare, which specialises in software development using open source platforms and marketing. Jon is passionate about furthering the design and development of cutting-edge multi-media web applications and cloud computing.
Personal thank-you from Jonathan and Jon
Includes £5 entry fee + 500 tries (just 1p a time!) allowing entrants to try and crack a Shayype secure secret pattern. Entrants can win a £100 Love2Shop voucher per challenge (redeemable in WHSmiths, Debenhams, Halfords and dozens of other retailers and restaurants).
Shayype Personal Tester’s Kit
Help Shayype’s vital test programme by becoming an official tester! Includes your own personal account on the Shayype test site; tailor-made tester’s task-list telling you when and how often to log in; your own tester certificate; your own a listing on Shayype’s early adopters’ register.
Shayype Personal Tester’s Kit PLUS
As above but includes custom-made “Shayype up” superhero T-shirt.
Be first to use Shayype securely with 1Gb of data storage. ShayypeBox will be protected by your own Shayype secret pattern; built on the secure Amazon Web Services platform; includes renewable 1-year AWS licence. (NB: pledgers will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for your storage once Shayype’s API is fully developed.)
Pioneer password-less secure storage and keep even more of your stuff safely! Voucher will entitle you to 5Gb of space (once the Shayype API has been fully developed); features as per ShayypeBox Basic.
Securely store a vast amount of photos and other bits and pieces – while changing the face of online security forever. Your voucher will entitle you to a ShayypeBox Gold storage area with 10Gb.
ShayypeBox Basic Bumper Pack
Includes Crack-a-Shayype Challenge
+ Shayype Personal Test Kit
+ ShayypeBox Basic storage
+ “Shayype up” T-shirt
Shayype Silver Bumper Pack
Includes Crack-a- Shayype Challenge
+ Shayype Personal Tester’s Kit
+ ShayypeBox Silver
+ “Shayype up” T-shirt.
Shayype Gold Bumper Pack
Includes Crack-a- Shayype Challenge
+ Shayype Personal Tester’s Kit
+ ShayypeBox (Gold)
+ “Shayype up” T-shirt
£600 Personal 45-minute webinar
Maximum 10 participants hosted by Jon and Jonathan, dealing with the future of online security, how Shayype works, how it was created etc. Includes 10 Shayype Workbooks.
£240 – 10-user voucher for Shayype Cloud Authentication Service for a year!
Be first to use Shayype for real in place of passwords at just one sixth of the true cost, to protect clients, staff and data as never before (actual value £1440).
50-user voucher for Shayype Cloud Authentication Service for a year!
Be first to use Shayype for real in place of passwords at just one sixth of the true cost, to protect clients, staff and data as never before (actual value £7200).
100-user voucher for Shayype Cloud Authentication Service for a year!
Be first to use Shayype for real in place of passwords at just one sixth of the true cost, to protect clients, staff and data as never before (actual value £14,400).
250-user voucher for Shayype Cloud Authentication Service for a year!
Be the first to use Shayype for real in place of passwords, to protect clients, staff and data as never before (actual value £36,000).
Platinum Corporate Testing Package:
Includes login accounts for up to 1000 staff/contractors/suppliers on (optional) customised Shayype test site (with your firm’s logo), plus 1000 Shayype Workbooks. Includes perpetual license to use Shayype on your company’s corporate website (up to 100,000 users) + your logo on “Shayype Sponsors” area on main Shayype website.
Cloud-pin Ltd is a two-man start-up based in Cambridgeshire, UK. We are dedicated, enthusiastic entrepreneurs, completely self-funded and are passionate about making the cyber world a safer place.