The best secure drives to protect your data

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 24 Sep 2020
The best secure drives to protect your data

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If your job involves storing high-profile confidential files securely, then the best way to do so is by getting a secure flash drive to keep your data safe. Such drives use multiple levels of encryptions and security keys to provide maximum protection to the stored data. If you are looking for a similar drive, then here is a list of four secure drives that are available on Amazon. Note that all these products have been selected based on their listed features.

Kingston IKD300S

It is a high-end secure drive from Kingston that provides advanced levels of security to protect your sensitive data. It is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified and uses the 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption in XTS mode to provide high-level security. Thanks to the latest NAND and controller technology used in the drive, you can expect fast transfer speeds from it, as per company claims. The drive has a rugged, waterproof body and has an IPX8 certification. Finally, the 4GB drive is both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatible, making it ideal to use with devices of various generations.

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3 NX

Here is an 8GB drive from Apricorn that has a 256-bit AES encrypted FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification, which is a testament to the efficiency of the security system used in the drive to secure your sensitive data. On top of that, it uses an onboard keypad authentication system to create an additional layer of security. Only when the right keypad security code is entered will the drive be accessible to the user. Furthermore, it comes with a software-free setup, which means you simply need to plug the drive to your PC or laptop, and it will be good to go. Finally, you can select the number of invalid password entries allowed on this drive, from 4 to 20, before it locks itself from being used further and starts the reformatting process.

Yubico - YubiKey 5

Here is a compact portable memory drive from Yubico that uses a 2-factor authentication system and supports wireless connectivity as well, using NFC. Thanks to this, you can use it to store data from your smartphone and other NFC-enabled devices as well. With this drive, you need to set up two different security keys to access the files stored in it. Furthermore, it is easy to register the key with multiple services and platforms, post which you just need to insert the drive and tap on it to gain access to them. With such a drive at your disposal, you should be able to prevent incidents of phishing.

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3

Here is a portable drive from Kingston that uses both hardware encryption and password protection to provide improved security to your data. As per company claims, the drive locks down and reformats itself after 10 failed attempts, so that your data remains safe during the event of a theft. You just need to make sure that you have turned on the automatic cloud backup option, which enables you to recover the data if such a situation occurs. With no installation application required, anyone can set up the drive on their PC or laptop and start using it. Furthermore, thanks to the USB 3.0 connectivity port, you should be able to read files at 130mbps and write files at 40mbps, as per company claims. The drive comes with 32GB of storage space, which should be good enough to store hundreds of your important files.

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