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Showing posts from September, 2017

Sept 2017 at Haventec

Business--- This month has been very busy on the business side of things for our CEO Rob Morrish and my partner and chairman Tony Castagna. The sales and partner pipelines are just busting at the seams. ---Engineering--- But September also marks the culmination of many moths of hard work for our engineers as we put the final touches on the cloud versions of our products. ---Public Understanding--- This month I'm also going to start addressing some of the issues that seem to have become really confusing in understanding security, privacy and the storage of sensitive information on enterprise networks.

Articles coming this month:

An Australian FinancialReview article positioned TokenOne as a major breakthrough in password-less logons. I'll be doing a pretty thorough coverage of why TokenOne is great but not the true password-less solution the world is crying out for.A comparison between Double Octopus and Haventec's Authentication.A review of a leader in the authentication spa…

Why Haventec?

When I started Haventec over two years ago with my good partner Tony Castagna, I had invented the core technology for the express purpose of getting rid of passwords, replacing the with simple PIN's but making the logon process even more secure. A peripheral advantage that has since become the companies main focus is the removal of the headache of protecting and storing passwords on enterprise servers.

Double Octopus vs Haventec Authenticate

A very good friend of the company, Ted Pretty, saw this company hit his radar and I thought to get us to have a peek. The company looks like it has a slick product but… the elephant is the room is that it is yet another so called password-less solution that is hobbled by the need to get your phone out and authorise a connection. There is no way that a technology that requires you to get your phone out every time you want to connect on any device is going to be a true all-platform all-application replacement for passwords. Double Octopus along with PING and TokenOne all may have applications in high end high security authentication situations where users would otherwise have to use a dongle, or other secondary factor... but for the everyday people, the bank customer, the elderly logging on to their bank account from an older computer or the poor sharing a computer in myriad real life practical situations, the use of a phone as your main authentication is just not realistic.

And concep…

Why Sydney Morning Herald and the New York Times got it wrong about passwords

Recently a well thought out and comprehensive evaluation of the state of user identification and authentication was presented by the New York Times and reprinted by the Sydney Morning Herald. The article can be seen here:

I have paraphrased it in part to help anyone who is more than a bit interested in this subject to see why the article is well meaning but misguided:
It fails to properly segregate the real issues involved with uniquely and securely identifying a person and;Helps promote a solution that in the end is very dangerous, namely Biometrics. You cant replace your thumb when its ID is hacked. You cant replace your Iris when its hacked. The enclosed PDF is a copy of the article with my comments in the margin. If you are interested in this subject it may be worth your investment of time to consider the points I make.

This week - Mon Sept 18th - Sun 24th

Haventec: (my main project) I am working out how to get public awareness of some key issues. ---The ICE Project--- Working out how to convince a large Aussie organisation to give the technology a "going over". ---BullionX--- Working after hours on putting together an investment pool to buy some Bullion so we can get a test case working... All very interesting.

Coming Soon:

October 17-18: CSIRO Ontribe event: Sydney: I am speaking on the subject of helping academics find execution partners and how to leverage their strengths while ensuring a product uses their breakthroughs. Watch the video here.No date yet: Public release of the ICE project. Can hardly wait for this.Ric's latest book on Amazon: Step by Step Inventing. Full release information and link to Amazon page coming soon.Hot topic list:  Quantum Computers: at the moment the recent advances in this field seem much misunderstood with lots of misleading reporting... from my position I see a general lack of understanding…

Are ICO's the sport betting alternative for the information age generation?

Initial Coin Offerings are really taking off. But a review of the Blockchain for most of them show that people are investing only hundreds and rarely thousands of dollars. It's almost as if investors are spending on ICO's what punters would have spent on horse or dog races a few years ago.

The difference today is that there are millions of technology literate punters out there. So even if they only have a few hundred to bet with the amounts involved are just humongous. Like last nights ICO of Advantus. Sold out in 7 minutes! 
I just hope that things settle down into a pattern of genuine value for everyone. 
Another intuition I am feeling is that ICO's are like an Everyman's way of sharing in the open source movement. For so many years the only payoff for open source contributors was recognition and code that worked well. Now there is a vehicle to show support. Personally I worry about the fast buck brigade but can't help but think that the ICO movement is worth su…

How to Contact Ric Richardson

Thanks for visiting Ric's site. Please remember the following when trying to contact him. Ric IS happy to talk to journalists and event organisers. Ric is NOT an investor. He does invest in his own inventions but does not, as a rule, invest in projects that he is not actively involved in or utilises one of his inventions. Ric is NOT currently doing probono work. He has a backlog he is working on but has a full-time responsibility for Haventec and his other projects.

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