Secure USB Storage Devices - Updated for 2013

Discussion in 'Technical' started by DarkLight, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus

    I did a search and all of the previous threads had their last post in either 2011 or early 2012. I'm not into necro-posting and bringing threads that old back from the, a new thread.

    I'm looking at getting a Secure USB Storage Device and I think I'm down to 3 different major models/brands in no particular order:
    There are two others that are basically identical to the LOK-IT model but after finding them this morning, I can't find them online now...doesn't bode will for my search. If they don't come up in searches, I don't know that I can trust the company.

    I included the IronKey simply because it seems to be the industry standard (and was, I believe, the first one on the market). I'm more drawn to the devices that utilize a completely disconnected mechanism (disconnected from a computer that is) to unlock the drive (hence the Apricorn and LOK-IT devices).

    I know @Brokor uses an IronKey and @VisuTrac uses an Apricorn device based on previous posts. Does anyone else have any experience with any of the hardware encrypted USB devices? Please don't post "I just use TrueCrypt on a regular drive," as a) it isn't hardware based and b) I already know about it. If you are bound and determined to talk about software encryption on a Flash Drive, please start another thread because is isn't relevant to this discussion.

    Does anyone have any experience with BOTH kinds? If I get a device with the external keypad, I will probably go with the Apricorn because the buttons are hardened to not show use, unlike the LOK-IT, which can, eventually, show which buttons you use most due to use.

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  2. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    @DarkLight I am also running their USB3.0 256Bit Encrypted Hard Drive
    Aegis Padlock 3.0

    I've got the both set to self destruct if someone uses the rubberhose interrogation plan on me. ;) Or they try to use any sequence of numbers that one might consider to be mine/me.

    I'm happy with both but have not tried other devices in a really long time.
  3. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    Have been using trucrypt.. Have not used any other products simply because you have to pay for them, and am cash poor.. Like the fact that I can move encrypted files easily and hide them deep in folders..
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Might need to update for 2014 as TrueCrypt is now out.

    I use an Ironkey but it's only as 1 part of a multipart sequence to access my data. My important things are stored on a dmcrypt LUKS encrypted hard drive that requires 2 factor to decrypt at boot - Something I have and something I know.
  5. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    Will have to do some shoping.. Value all your recomendations.. Thanks smart guys.;)
  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Note that Truecrypt is no longer secure and has been scuttled by the TC devs. There are groups trying to resurrect but at this point it's off limits.
  7. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    Did see that...
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