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John McAfee crowdfunds high-tech 'master key'

Controversial cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee has stayed in the public eye this year, declaring a presidential candidacy and running into trouble with the law. To close out 2015, McAfee is crowdfunding his next security project.

The McAfee Antivirus founder opened an Indiegogo campaign this week for Everykey, which he claims can securely unlock users' devices and enter their passwords. The project, billed as a "master key," has already raised more than $57,000, easily surpassing its $20,000 goal.

"This is a f***ing game changer," McAfee said in a statement.

John McAfee crowd funds on Indiegogo for his new venture EveryKey.
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John McAfee crowd funds on Indiegogo for his new venture EveryKey.

McAfee said Everykey works for not only phones and laptops but also bluetooth-enabled car and home doors. Users link hardware to the Everykey using bluetooth and can enter passwords that are stored on servers.

When near devices, Everkey unlocks them, but stops working when out of range. If users lose an Everykey, they can deactivate it so that hardware no longer recognize its decryption.

Everykey plans to ship to Indiegogo backers starting in March. Donors can choose various perks, starting with one Everykey and accompanying accessories.