Wolverton notes that the Stash card never directly connects the stored password with the internet. Instead, the card acts as a one-part-at-a-time sort of go-between: it disconnects from the internet when it accesses its password storage, and disconnects from the password storage before it reconnects with the internet.
“So a would-be hacker could try and access that vault, or that island, but they’d just be stonewalled, ‘cause they can’t get past it,” he says. “But when you make a request, and you pass that information to the back end, we can then handle how to retrieve that information and then reconnect to the outside world, and automate signing in.”
Currently, Stash is onlyavailable to Android users, as there are some hurdles in applying it to Apple’s current software. You load the card up database through the app, and it can generate new passwords for your accounts, should you need them.
A mechanical engineer by trade, Wolverton had been mulling over the idea for a while, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that technology had advanced to make it seem feasible. And after connecting with entrepreneur Kevin Eliason — their kids were on the same soccer team, and turns out they went to the same small Saskatchewan high school, albeit almost a decade apart — Stash was on its way.
“He’s the operations guy — he really balances me out when I get bogged down in the engineering and the tech,” Wolverton says of Eliason. “He sets me straight: what do we need to do? what do we need to get done?”
They were also bolstered by being part of the Startup Edmonton community.