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myris personal iris scanner looks to replace passwords


January 19, 2014

Eyelock's myris iris-scanning identity authentication device

Eyelock's myris iris-scanning identity authentication device

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myris is a new iris-scanning identity authentication device that promises to improve online security for its users and eliminate the need to remember the myriad of different passwords required for our different digital accounts.

The small, mouse-like device connects to a user's computer via USB and uses video to scan over 240 points on each iris and generate a unique 2048-bit digital signature for the user. After this, users need only hold the device up and look into its mirrored lens to gain access to their digital accounts.

Accounts, such as social networks, e-commerce websites and online banking, are linked to myris via an accompanying application, but no personal data is stored within the application, or transmitted. Authentication occurs on the device itself. Users are therefore able to set highly complex passwords for their accounts and simply forget about them, using myris to verify their identity instead.

EyeLock, the firm that produces myris in partnership with Voxx Electronics, says that the odds of a false ID with myris are one in 2.25 trillion and that only DNA provides a more accurate means of verification. The company's Chief Marketing Officer, Anthony Antolino, predicts that usernames and passwords will ultimately cease to be used and that products like myris will replace them.

"It is a constant struggle for organizations and individuals to keep their digital, social and financial transactions safe from compromise, breach and theft," explains Antolino in a press release. "People are required to remember dozens of passwords in an effort to secure their data, however we continue to hear about security breaches daily. With myris, consumers and enterprise organizations now have instant and secure login to most of their digital access points."

EyeLock was established in 2006 and has historically provided iris-based identity authentication solutions to organizations, including Fortune 500, 100 and 50 firms. The company claims that myris is the first device of its kind to be simple enough for the consumer market.

myris is expected to be available to consumers this year and will be compatible with Windows 7 and 8, Mac OS and Chrome OS. Pricing details have not yet been announced.

Product page: EyeLock

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So basically this works by using your iris scans to unlock your keychain that is stored on the device. Nice. Clever.


It is a little on the large size to be something one automatically puts in one's pocket, so will automatically join the list of things I regularly lose track of around the house, and most likely just when I will need it most urgently.

Having said that, the idea makes a lot of sense because remembering passwords is the bane of my life. Perhaps when miniaturisation has developed a bit further it might be possible to combine it with one's wristwatch or have it as a wearable item for the other wrist (now there's a business opportunity for someone!).

I suppose it is something that could usefully be incorporated into Google Glass. It would then be only a matter of a second or two before one would have access to one's bank account, instead of the palaver one has to go through at present. Though before then I would like there to be some fear detection built in so that one could not be 'persuaded' at knifepoint to transfer money to them. But there again, my glasses are already on the list of things I mislay! Oh hum.

Mel Tisdale

Interesting idea and easy to use. It would be much simpler if it can be built into the computer's/phone's camera. You turn on only the camera first.

Several questions:

If you lose the device, how do you get your computer activated? Do you still need a pass code for an emergency case?

Do you have to look into a brightened lense or is it like a regular mirror with no glare? If former, it could be hazardous to your eyes after a long use.


Must have with every desktop PC sold & or laptop & for smartphone IE to surf Web Awesome A-Z computer makers alone must have this with systems sold. Or use in banks, retail stores IE jewelry stores, finance services etc can use this too Use for Background checks IE Iris scan shows employer , records on candidate for job

Stephen Russell

How's it going to stop malware & MitB and MitM ? It's not iOS compatible, so you're going to need passwords to log in everywhere anyhow (eg: at work, where you can't plug random USB things into your work computer, or at lunch when you use your iPhone/iPad,...), so this in effect reduces your security (and, since you use passwords less often now, makes it even harder to remember them when you need to)

Security in a vacuum only worked in the 80's, and even then not well. The world has moved on - you've got to solve the mobile and social and scaleability problems, and all of the technical ones, all of the time, otherwise you're exacerbating the problem, not solving it.


Surely this device could be made smaller if you held it closer to your eye or embedded it into a watch band that you held up to you eye. I recommend these be sold unpackaged to OEMs to install where they deem suitable.


It's nice until a crook pops your eye out in order to access your computer!

Fred Borman

I am wondering if it has 3d readability, that is, can I use a picture of my eye?

Paul Anthony
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