UKISS Hugware® H1
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Application build test result
The UKISS Hugware® H1 is unique in its security implementation. Most of the mainstream devices are stand-alone or paired with a mobile phone.
The two devices:
- Have no interface
- Have to be connected to a desktop computer with the UKiss Hub Software installed (currently at v.1.1.3) or the UKiss app when connected to a mobile phone.
- Require user registration to activate 5-year warranty
- Does not use recovery phrases
Hugware comes in a pair. During setup, the master seed is generated in the Authentication Key (A-Key) and synchronised with the Rescue Key (R-Key). Use the A-Key to manage your crypto assets and keep your R-Key for when you need to recover access in the future.
Our state-of-the-art key pairing feature lets users do away with recovery phrases, thereby minimising instances of human error, phishing, and theft. However, it is your responsibility to ensure the security of your Hugware. Store your devices in a safe location and guard your authentication with a strong PIN.
If the user loses the A-key device (Authentication) which contains the master key, the user can request the manufacturer to send a replacement. Once the replacement arrives, the A-key and the R-key are then synchronized.
The desktop software and firmware are both not source-available.
Both the A-key and the R-key do not have a display or an interface the user can interact with. Both devices are intended to be plugged in via USB-A or USB-C.
The UKISS Hugware® is comprised of a pair of USB devices, the A-Key and the R-Key. The A-Key or the Authentication Key, generates and stores private keys and authenticates transactions. The R-Key or the Rescue Key, resets passwords and restores the A-Key. UKISS is also slated to release the UKISS Suite which will add some features to the Hugware®:
- Crypto swaps
- Liquidity mining
- NFT trading
- Yield farming
Integrated Digital Security Solutions
- Data encryption
- Password management
- Ransomware protection
- Secure social messaging
UKISS also makes the claim that the recovery words are deliberately eliminated from use in the device. We asked them on Twitter if it was possible if they can share the product specification sheet and whether the project is Open Source. They replied with a link to the site’s whitepaper, and confirmed that the firmware would not be made open source.
As of this review, UKISS is officially released and is now marketing its H2 bundle.
Tests performed by Daniel Andrei R. Garcia
Previous application build tests
|9th November 2022|
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