What’s the Most Secure USB Drive?

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No two flash drives are built the same. This new 2GB flash drive I have has software and hardware security built right into it. When you plug it in the first time, you set up a password which will automatically encrypt everything you put on it. If gets ahold of this USB drive and tries to enter an incorrect password ten times – the data will all be erased. They won’t ever access it, unless you set an easy-to-guess password. If this sounds like something you need to protect your data, check out the IronKey.

All user data is encrypted with AES hardware encryption that has been validated to meet government FIPS requirements. Unlike software-based encryption, this “always-on” protection cannot be disabled. And since the Cryptochip generates and stores the strong, random encryption keys, the encryption routines run faster and more securely than any software-based encryption system.

No one can access files stored on your IronKey unless they authenticate with the correct password. All encryption and password verification are performed in hardware, and cannot be disabled by malware or a careless user. This eliminates the risk of compromised confidential portable data.

The IronKey does not require any software or drivers to be installed and even works on Windows XP and Vista without administrator privileges. The IronKey offers drag-and-drop encryption, “plug and play” simplicity, and intuitive encrypted backup, which helps minimize the total cost of ownership. Onboard security software cannot be tampered with or removed. Each IronKey has a unique, easy-to-read serial number, making it simple to track and inventory.

If you are in the market for something that will protect you, this is what you need. For anywhere from $80 – $300, isn’t it worth the money to save your peace of mind?

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3 thoughts on “What’s the Most Secure USB Drive?”

  1. I use a Lexar USB drive that has Secure II, a program that allows you to set up a secure password protected vault on it. All files in a vault are encrypted. You can add or delete files from the vault. You can set up more than one vault. Not all files on the drive have to be in a vault.

    Not all Lexar drives have Secure II and some contain it, but you must check Lexar’s website and read the specs. carefully to see that they do.

    The vault can contain as many files as you want. This drive works with Windows and OS X. I use it with both a Mac and a Win 98 machine. These drives are not expensive.

  2. Hi Chris and all,
    Secure USB drive is a cool product!!!
    Most organizations choose to ignore the potential risk in mobilizing unprotected sensitive data. I was pretty amazed to read the recent secure USB drive survey which presents the danger.
    Anyone who carries sensitive information should defiantly use a secure UDB drive.
    Personally, I have good experience with SanDisk’s Cruzer Enterprise. It is highly recommended.


  3. Thanks Chris. Great show! IronKey looks awesome. I’ve been following them for some time and it is finally time to buy one of these shiny things. Based on what I’ve read, no other product comes even close to IronKey in durability, security and feature set.

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