One of the best inventions of the late twentieth century was the creation of flashdrives. These tiny devices, also called thumb drives, memory sticks, and a variety of other names, are very useful for many purposes. You can keep critical information with you wherever you go. You can also use a flashdrive to copy data from one computer to another. Several business people I know make backups of important business files onto a flashdrive before leaving the office at the end of the day, then carry the flashdrives home and copy the data to a computer there to make sure backup copies are available even if a disaster ever hits the office.
As useful as these tiny devices are, you can still encounter significant drawbacks when using one. For me, the biggest scare is how easily these devices are lost. Indeed, I have lost several of them over the years, possibly through deliberate theft but more likely because the tiny device simply slipped out of my pocket.
What happens if a stanger recovers your flashdrive? Do you have personal information stored on the flashdrive? How about your Social Security Number or credit card information? Sure, you should have encrypted the information before storing it on the flashdrive but how many people really do that? Or forget to do that?
The IronKey flashdrive from Imation can solve your security concerns.
The IronKey not only offers AES 256-bit hardware encryption for ALL the data stored in it, but it is also built to resist very determined and sophisticated attack. The device will permanently self-destruct after 10 consecutive incorrect password attempts, and a ruggedized, waterproof metal chassis resists physical break-ins and features a tamper evident design.
The IronKey Personal drives are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated with AES 256-bit hardware encryption, the strongest available to protect your sensitive data while meeting regulatory requirements. To use the IronKey, simply plug it into any computer and use it as normal. It works with Microsoft Windows XP with SP2+ or with Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Macintosh OS X 10.5+, or Linux 2.6+.
IronKey flash drive prices start at $30 for 4 gigabytes of storage space and go up to 64 gigabytes at increasing prices. You can find the IronKey Encrypted USB Flash Drives for sale on Amazon.com and from many other retailers as well.