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Random is Good

Pick a number, any number! Was it 2348239324818238123492349052348238? Choosing a long, truly random number is very important for crypto functions and messing it up can cause a lot of problems. Recently, the country of Estonia had to withdraw all their digital ID cards because of a weak random number system that enabled numbers to be guessed easily.

All the Afero secure IoT devices contain a Hardware Security Module that contains a high-quality random number generator, required for all crypto functions to be secure. Do not rely on software to do this important job.

Ben Gibbs

Ben Gibbs has over 20 years experience in the wireless and communication industry from product management to engineering to project manager. Prior to Afero, he worked at Qualcomm leading WiFi Access Point developer products as well as wearable display product line. He also held technical positions at Sharp Labs, Intel, Qualcomm, GEC Marconi and Mitsubishi. In addition to being fluent in Japanese, he is the organizer of the Silicon Valley Minecraft Meetup - a group for developers and parents of Minecraft players.