Items tagged with USB

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD we'll be showing you here today is the follow-up to the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD. This new drive fully embraces USB-C while retaining USB Type-A compatibility for older Macs and PCs. It promises speedy storage (up to 550 MB/s claimed), a wide range of capacities (250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB), and an IP55 rating against dust and water intrusion. The drive’s slim body looks more like a portable charger for your cell phone than the bulky external hard drives of old, and it fits in a shirt pocket easily. It feels rugged, with black soft-touch... Read more...
Everyone has to deal with scams and phishing attempts online today, even Google. To protect its workers from phishing scams that could result in the theft of IP, Google took advantage of security keys for all its 85,000 workers. Since that roll out, no accounts have been compromised. The keys are USB-based security devices, such as the YubiKey pictured below, that offer an alternative to two-factor authentication. In two-factor authentication, a person must know the username or login for a website and have something like a key or an app for the second part of the authentication. "Users might be... Read more...
Apple has launched iOS 11.4.1 and this is the update that adds USB Restricted Mode to the iPhone. The intention with USB Restricted Mode was to lock down the USB port of an iPhone to block intrusion techniques using third-party devices to crack the passcode of devices. USB Restricted Mode deactivates USB data processes via the Lighting port when the device is locked for more than an hour. Once that hour limit is reached, the USB port is only good for charging the iPhone. Security Researchers at ElcomSoft have discovered what appears to be an oversight on Apple's part that allows the USB port to... Read more...
The new iStorage diskAshur2 is a specialized, external hard drive geared toward security conscious consumers. The diskAshur2 is a little pricey, and although it's no slouch in the speed department (we'll get into that in a bit), it's certainly not going to compete with that shiny new internal SSD you've got your eye on in terms of transfer speeds either. But here's the thing: It's plenty fast enough for just about anything you'd want to do, and just as importantly, it's both rugged and secure. So, despite a somewhat lofty asking price, the diskAshur2 is actually a pretty good deal. If you need... Read more...
Always use protection! It’s a dangerous world out there for computer users. With malware, ransomware, botnets, and other schemes out to deprive you of your data, system resources, and even the cash in your wallet, users have to tread lightly when surfing the internet. However, as we’ve seen on many occasions, you can also find yourself under attack through direct means through the use of a device like a USB thumb drive. That’s where the new USG dongle comes into play. The device is in essence a condom for USB devices, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of device insertion without the side effect... Read more...
A pair of researchers from Positive Technologies claim that Intel's newest generation processors are susceptible to a USB port debugging vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take over full control of a system. Starting with Skylake (and presumably Kaby Lake, though the researchers do not specifically mention Intel's 7th generation Core CPUs), Intel  U-series chips have a debugging interface that is accessible via USB 3.0 ports, and that is where the potential problem lies. The researchers say that attackers could exploit the debugging interface to bypass any security measures in place... Read more...
Are you miffed that the latest iPhone doesn't have a dedicated 1/8" audio jack? Well, Apple likely won't be alone, as other smartphone OEMs may be looking to ditch the venerable headphone jack in order to take advantage of audio over USB-C. This week, the USB-IF (Implementers Forum) announced "USB Audio over USB Type-C", and it's touting it for much the same reasons that Apple does with its latest iPhone. USB-IF expects this standard to be used for headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming setups, VR solutions, and more. Notebooks are not mentioned, but it seems certain they'll... Read more...
SanDisk recently launched a new line of portable storage products, with photographers, videographers, and creative professionals in mind. The particular drive we'll be showing you here, the SanDisk Extreme 510, has a 480GB capacity and attaches to a PC using USB, though smaller capacities are also available. Not only does it have the performance of an SSD, with up to 430MB/s reads and 400MB/s writes over a USB 3.0 connection, but it is also water resistant, dust resistant (IP55 rating), and rugged enough to handle the rigors of mobile computing.In addition to being rugged, SanDisk also incorporated... Read more...
What do you usually find in your mailbox? Love letters? Bills? People in Victoria, Australia are finding malware-laden USB drives in their mailboxes, or “letterboxes” as they are called down under. The Victoria police warned citizens about the malicious USB drives, stating, “The USB drives are believed to be extremely harmful and members of the public are urged to avoid plugging them into their computers or other devices.” Once the USB drives are plugged into a computer, they load a fake media streaming service as and create some “serious issues” for users. It is unclear what exactly is on the... Read more...
The USB port is one of the most influential and important inventions of the modern computing era, but like just about anything that's innovative and pervasive, there's usually potential to do harm as well. Need proof of that? Check out the USB Kill, a sly little USB stick that's capable of frying just about any consumer or commercial device with a USB port in a matter of seconds. There's no complex coding required or anything of that nature—you just plug the USB Kill into a USB port and moments later, ZAP!, the system is dead. The latest version of this device, USB Kill 2.0, purports... Read more...
Thumb drive makers have managed to cram quite a bit into the pinky-sized drives, but there are limits to capacity and to some degree performance, since there is only so much room to work with. Fortunately, there is a nice middle ground between thumb drives and larger external SSDs that conform to the popular 2.5" form factor. EMTEC, for example, has a new line of external SSDs that use a 1.8" form factor, which offer respectable read speeds, although they won't win any performance contests versus more expensive drives. The EMTEC Speedin' X600 is a USB 3.0-compatible drive available in... Read more...
New York City’s subways have a terrible reputation. Any television show featured in NYC seems to dedicate at least one episode to the notorious transportation system. But New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is looking to shed that image, and just unveiled a new design for the subway system which includes Wi-Fi, USB Ports, and LCD displays. The governor plans to release 1,025 subway cars and renovate 31 subway stations. These innovations and renovations are part of $27 billion USD, five-year plan by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to renew and expand the subway network. The MTA is... Read more...
Samsung leveraged its extensive NAND flash and storage IP and took aim at the high-performance portable storage market last year when it launched its impressive Portable SSD T1 external drive. There are countless portable flash drives and a multitude of external storage enclosures on the market that can house any standard 2.5” SSD. However, the Samsung Portable SSD T1 was something a little bit different. The T1 was somewhat of a tweener product that was significantly lighter and more compact than a typical external back-up drive, while offering performance closer to an internally-connected SSD.... Read more...
As we discovered just the other day, Apple's latest iPad, Pro, isn't too repairable, scoring just 3 out of 10 on iFixit's scale - 10 being the best. Somewhat humorously, that's still a lot better the 1 out of 10 score the Surface Book received earlier this month. Nonetheless, the teardown helped highlight a feature Apple kept mum on: a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port. That means that with the right cable, users would be able to enjoy transfer speeds going through a 5Gbps bus. That's theoretically ~625MB/s peak, but more accurately would top out at around 500MB/s in the real-world thanks to overhead.... Read more...
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