The All Things Auth Podcast

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Summary

Conor Patrick (@_conorpp), co-founder of SoloKeys, shares the story of raising $125,000 on Kickstarter to build Solo, an open-source hardware security key for two factor authentication (2FA).

Show Notes

Conor explains what security keys are and why they provide a stronger level of security than other methods of 2FA. He shares the story about how he created and sold his first open-source security key on Amazon while he was an undergraduate studying Computer Engineering and how that project evolved into a wildly successful Kickstarter project that launched SoloKeys the company.

Towards the end of the conversation, Conor shares his thoughts on the recent trend of using phones as security keys and highlights Somu, the next exciting product that he and his team are working on right now.

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Canonical URL: https://allthingsauth.com/podcast/001-conor-patrick-of-solokeys

What is The All Things Auth Podcast?

Every 2 weeks, Conor Gilsenan hosts a conversation with creators, researchers, founders, and advocates who are working to improve the usability of security and privacy technologies.

Guests share what they are currently working on, how they got to where they are today, who they are trying to help, and what keeps them motivated to overcome challenges along the way.

The goal is for the rest of us to learn from their experiences and go on to promote usable security and privacy within our own projects and organizations.