High Security Portable Thumb Drives

High Security Portable Thumb Drives

Joel Pirela
May 9, 2011

You carry files all over the place using these convenient thumb drives… but as anybody will tell you, they are only safe as long as you have control on their whereabouts. What happens after you loose one, is anybody's guess. So, if you have any confidential data stored in them, you better rely on one of these, more secure solutions.

Defender F200
This thumbdrive has a little higher price tag per GB than the others: $109 for 1GB and $369 for 32GB but the advantages are many. For example, they come with a built in biometric protection system, so unless you provide the correct finger print, the files won't be visible. Mac and PC compatible for a cross platform functionality.

Lok-it Numeric Pad Flash Drive
This flash drive with a numeric keypad entry, needs a PIN in order to release the data inside. Since it is physical, it takes the software infiltration out of the equation. $69 for 4GB and $155 for 16GB. You plug it into your free USB port on your machine and then you enter your PIN via the built in keypad. The drive has a tiny battery inside that lets you input your PIN and it create a 30 second window to plug it into your PC.

IronKey Personal S200
The sturdy IronKey Personal S200, combines software and hardware security built in on the drive itself. The drive uses hardware encryption, so that you don't have any apps running on your PC that can be hacked. IronKey also couples the drive with a secure online account, where you can back up and retrieve the device's password.

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