Aleratec Reveals Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drives

Aleratec Reveals Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drives

Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, and finding one is as simple as looking hard enough. But finding one with robust security features is a bit tougher. Aleratec has made that a bit easier with the introduction of the PortaStor secure 256-bit AES Encrypted USB Flash Drive, which feature encryption on a hardware level. The device provides a secure partition for confidential files, for which all information in this secure partition is encrypted using a time proven, always-on hardware encryption method known as 256-bit AES that was approved by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in 2001.


Aleratec's PortaStor Secure USB flash drives are available in four sizes to fit any application: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. Each drive can be managed without any additional software installation required. The management application is stored right on the PortaStor drive. For the greatest flexibility, users can even specify the size of the secure and non-secure partitions. Pricing ranges from $40.99 to $75.99, and these can be purchased now.
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It's pricey, but I guess if you need the encryption, you're probably willing to pay for it.

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Ya it is pricy, seems to be many encrypted drives coming out now.

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What I like about these is that you have a lot of flexibility with being able to specify the size of the secure and non-secure partitions.

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This is not really a review, but an advertisement. Is there any information on the speeds ? I bought a 16 gb usb recently that had a max throughput of 1.4 mb/s. It was cheap, but in the world of USB sticks speed is a critical factor, especially how it handles lots of small files. So many USB sticks totally choke at even a modest transfer of small files. Especially pictures.

If you're not concerned about speed then this is a good buy.

If you're concerned about speed AND money AND use Windows 7 or later, you can use BitLocker to encrypt your USB sticks. It's free, and offers more robust encryption. The downside is that this stick has the support on a hardware level. Which doesn't mean a whole lot in some ways. A USB stick that is encrypted wit Bit Locker will not even show up on other devices except the authorized computers, and even then you still need the password to decode the encryption!!

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This is a fairly high price. Is it honestly worth the money?

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brandeemorrey@gmail.com:

This is a fairly high price. Is it honestly worth the money?

NO

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This is highly priced for a USB. Is this something I should really look into purchasing? I do put a lot of information on my USB's.

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