is trying to give people more time by bringing its key free technology to the password storage sector. It has developed a new Chrome
extension called Ford KeyFree
, which stores passwords for the likes of Facebook
. The “key” is your smartphone which connects to the app via Bluetooth and logs the user in. If you want to get an idea how it will work, a promotional video has been released to explain the concept. The app uses the same technology as in Ford car keys, which is used to unlock the car as the owner approaches.
This sounds pretty convenient, although you have to wonder how much time is saved when you don’t have to enter passwords. However, security is one concern. The ad says that accounts will log out once you take your smartphone away, and presumably when you turn Bluetooth off. But how far do you have to go? What if you or your phone are still close enough, but you are not actively using your accounts? Can we expect our friends to be able to get up to mischief if they borrow the computer when we are in the room? Of course that is before you even consider the possibility of losing your phone and essentially handing someone a key, which they can use from anywhere.
While the promotional video has been spotted, it does not seem as though the app is available for download just yet. The French Ford KeyFree page
is currently under construction and there is no sign of it as an available Chrome extension. We will keep you posted.