When not on the run avoiding authorities over a murder investigation or ingesting significant quantities of bath salts, crazed software luminary John McAfee still finds time to test the waters of online security. His latest venture, D-Central, is a £60 device that McAfee promises can deliver a spy-proof network connection. Just the sort of thing a netizen as paranoid as McAfee would need in the post-Snowden age!
Speaking at the C2SV Technology Conference over the weekend, McAfee described D-Central as a "round little thing" that would fit in your pocket and be capable of creating a "localised, dynamic network" for each user. With a range of around a quarter of a mile, the D-Central would offer encrypted network connections between fellow D-Central users, while also giving a user encrypted access to the wider web. Avoiding the use of fixed parameters, the network would be able to move along with its owner, making it even more difficult for hackers and spies to dig your dirt.
McAfee was a bit vague on the specifics, but plans to deliver the device within a surprisingly-specific 173 day window through his new Future Tenses company.
“I’m 68-years-old,” said McAfee. “And if you can just give me any small amount of information about yourself, I promise you, within three days, I can turn on the camera on your computer at home and watch you do whatever you’re doing."
Is that a threat? Considering the sort of stuff McAfee puts together with his own cameras, him wrestling control of a random person's webcam is a truly terrifying thought. [Digital Trends]