USB Flash drives are fairly yawn-inducing, granted, but they’re pretty much the de facto standard for porting data around these days.
With security high on the agenda (if only because so many people seem to be losing large amounts of confidential data), Imation has launched its latest TDK-branded USB drives with built-in TRANS-IT security.
The “Flash Lock” password system allows Windows and Linux users to secure the USB drive with a password, with the drive becoming inaccessible (without unlocking software) if the password is entered incorrectly several times. Not completely hack-proof (what is?) but the 256-bit data encryption is better than no protection at all.
The drives are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities. Also available are USB Flash drive sliders in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. They even come with a driver for Windows 98, if anyone is still foolish enough to be using that.
€5.75 (£4.50ish) for 2GB, €8.75 (£7ish) for 4GB, €19.50 (£15.50ish) for 8GB and €40 (£32ish) for 16GB.