Encryption

Jan 272015
 

LaCie Mirron USB 3.0 External Portable Drive With Ebony Desk Stand - On Office Desk
Designed by French industrial designer Pauline Deltour, the LaCie Mirror is one of the fanciest portable drives around!

ALSO CHECK the ioSafe Rugged Portable Drive and the LaCie Blade Runner 4TB Drive we featured earlier.

The LaCie Mirror drive features an 1TB of portable storage encased in mirrored Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a cool Ebony wood display stand for office use, a soft carrying case for while on the go, it works with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices powered by Windows Vista or higher and Mac OS X 10.5 and latter and comes with LaCie Backup Assistant and LaCie Private-Public (AES 256-bit encryption) software suite.

$279.99 | BUY NOW
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Jan 072015
 

Goji Smart Lock, The Smartphone Activated Keyless Entry Door Lock
If you’re tired of always having to keep an eye on your home keys and make sure you don’t misplace them, your suffering might just come to end soon! The Goji Smart Lock is a keyless entry door lock which replaces the classic key with a virtual one managed by your smartphone.

The Goji Smart Lock is compatible with iPhone and Android devices, has a built-in camera which can send you pics of whoever is knocking at your door, allows key sharing via the free iPhone and Android apps, date and time based key activation and deactivation in case you need to give someone temporary access to your home (no more running after you ex to get the apartment keys!!), it’s powered by two AA batteries which last about 1 year under regular usage and also comes with two traditional keys as backup … just in case!

ALSO READ: BlueID – The Bluetooth Car Key and AngelBlocks Or How To Raise You Home’s Intelligence!

So how exactly does it work? Simply instal the Goji Smart Lock on your door, connect to your WiFi network, follow a couple of steps to setup the lock and you’re ready to go. Once you ran the setup, the Goji lock connects to your smartphone via Low Energy Bluetooth and allows you to lock or unlock the door via a simple touch of a button. While we like the idea behind the Goji lock and we’re looking forward to throwing away our physical keys ASAP, we are a bit concerned about the security level of the virtual keys. The guys from Goji confirmed that “The connections are coded with bank-level encryption to enssure your electronic safety.“. What’s your take on it? Are you ready to move from a traditional lock to a keyless entry door lock managed by your iPhone?

$299 | BUY NOW
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Oct 242014
 

SanDisk Connect WiFi USB Flash Drive
Available with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of flash storage, the SanDisk Connect offers what no other USB drive on the market does: wireless connectivity to other WiFi enabled gadgets and micro SD storage expansion. The drive has an internal rechargeable batter which allows up to 4 hours of video streaming on a full charge, it connects to other gadgets via WiFi and doesn’t need an internet connection, cables or a router. Simply hit the WiFi button on the drive and flash drive will create it’s own wireless network to which you can hook up your shinny iPhone and start watching movies, playing music or transferring files. Free iOs and Android apps allow easy and efficient management of file transfers and connection, including password protection and 128-bit AES encryption.

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Jun 052014
 

ioSafe Rugged Portable 1 TB External Hard Drive (USB 3.0)
With so much data floating around, backups are no longer a luxury, but a must! Think about all those pics from your smartphone, all those videos with your kids, documents, contacts, personal files, music and the list goes on and on … I am not going to stress more the data backup importance, because I know you do it! Don’t you?

On the other hand I am going to speak about the safety of your backups! Let me start with a little story – a friend of mine, a real geek, used to keep not 1, not 2, but 3 backup sets for all his data (including his smartphone, tablet and his home and work laptops). One day, the inevitable happened, and his apartment got flooded by the neighbor above. He called the guy, they stopped the flood and the neighbor helped him clean the apartment. All good until now. This is when the disaster happened! He opened his laptop but it was not working. It was full of water. He grabbed his girlfriend’s laptop which was not water damaged, he opened his desk to grab one of his backup HDD’s to copy some files and … Surprise! As all three of his backup HDD’s were on the lowest shelf of his desk, they were all water damaged!

So here you have a geeky guy who knew the importance of backups, with 1 set of original data and 3 sets of backups who lost all his digital life because the neighbor in the apartment above! Imagine that!
The good news is that in the end he was able to recover most of his data from the damaged HDD’s! The bad news is that this could happen to anyone, including you!

ALSO CHECK the ioSafe Waterproof, Fireproof 3TB External Hard Drive (SK3TB Solo G3) and the Rugged Portable LaCie HDD With USB 3.0 & Thunderbolt we featured earlier.

All this to say that backups are not enough to protect your data. You should also take steps to protect your backup drives from thieves and the elements! You can do this the hard way (as I do it) by using two encrypted HDD’s and always having one at a remote location (work, a friend, family member) or the simple way, by using disaster proof hard drives!

The ioSafe rugged portable 1TB external hard drive is one of the top disaster proof HDD‘s out there! The drive works on MAC and PC (USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt) features a full metal jacket that protects it against the elements, crushes and drops. The HDD mechanism inside the metal jacket is fully suspended in all 6 motion axes, so it will survives extreme shocks under most circumstances. The HDD is rated to with crush protection up to 5,000 lbs (2,267 KG), drop protection up to 20′ (that’s 6 meters), 30′ (9.15 meters) deep submersion in salty/fresh water for up to 3 days, full immersion in various liquids including diesel, oils, fuels, hydraulic fluids, continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain. All this without loosing not even one byte of data!
Regarding the anti theft protection, the ioSafe PA51000U3YR features a solid Kensington Lock compatible slot which should be enough to discourage a dishonest person as well as a theft protection software which allows full drive AES encryption.

That’s the good part about it! The bad part is that this ioSafe beast comes with a premium price of $600! Well … you probably see it as premium because you didn’t hit the floor yet, but, if you already lost your data once, you know it’s a real bargain!!! Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I am curious to see how do you manage your backup drives

$601 | BUY NOW

 

Apr 092014
 

MyIDkey – Military Grade, Biometric Password Manager And USB Drive
Are you tired of all those passwords you have to remember? Work station, email, bank account, Facebook and the rest of the social world out there and the list goes one and on! I personally use LastPass to manage all my logins. They also offer Android and iPhone apps (paid) which allow you to have access to your credentials while on your mobile device. It’s a good password manager, if you don’t use already it take a look at it and give it a chance.

On the other hand, if you don’t like to keep your credentials and info on the cloud and you prefer local encrypted storage, the MyIDkey is a good choice. The device offers military grade data encryption, biometric locking and unlocking, credentials manager as well as 16GB of storage for your sensitive files. The MyIDkey features a small screen for accessing your logins straight from the device and can be connected to your Android and iOs devices via a dedicated free app by Bluetooth, USB or WiFi. Connecting your MyIDkey to your smartphone gives you instant access to your passwords as well as to the files stored on the USB storage. Simply connect the app with the MyIDkey. swipe your finger on the device to authenticate and you’re ready to roll!
UPDATE – 09/07/2014Please note that MyIDKey projects are reported to encounter financing issues and production/delivery seems to be delayed for a later date or even closed (information source). Please do your due diligence and check the status/delivery of the project before ordering this product.

$249 | BUY NOW
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Nov 082013
 

Boost Your iOS And Android Storage With The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive
The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive is a good solution for those of you who run short of smartphone or tablet storage and have no MicroSD slot available to increase the unit’s native storage capabilities. More than that, the SanDisk drive allows you to easily and wiressly transfer data between up to 8 devices simultaneously – also check the Apricorn Aegis Encrypted Flash Drive and the biometric secured myIDkey flash drive.

The wireless flashdrive has a battery life time of around 4 hours of continuous video streaming on one full charge (the device charges via any regular USB plug), connects to iOS and Android gadgets via free apps available in Google Play and the App Store and comes with two storage versions: 16GB (model number SDWS2-016G-E57) and 32GB (model number SDWS2-032G-E57).
Optional Wi-Fi password protection and 128-bit AES encryption are available on-board.

$49.99+ | BUY NOW

 

Jun 192013
 

Kevo Lock - The Time To Use Your iPhone As Door Key Has Arrived

The Kevo iPhone Operated Lock allows you to use your smartphone lock and unlock the door. Once the lock installed on your door, download the iPhone app, set up a key and you’re ready to roll. The app allows setting up multiple keys for multiple locks, allows “key sharing” to facilitate other people’s access to your home (think about a new girlfriend/boyfriend, the cleaning lady, your room mate, family, friends). Accesses can be granted and revoked via the app in seconds, so your only worry is to make sure your beloved life partner has an iPhone – and you’re all set up (just joking – the guys over at Kwikset have you covered even if you do not have an iPhone – they include in the package a Kevo Fob which allows the same touch to open and lock technology.

The Kevo Lock will launch this summer with a retail expected price around $250 US.

I like the idea and I can see a lot of possibilities opening around it. My only worry was the lock’s security, but the manufacturer seems to have it covered: “The Kevo lock does not only rely on the built-in encryption available in Bluetooth. Kevo also provides multiple levels of military grade PKI encryption.”

What’s you take on it? Would you change your classic locks for modern, digital door security?

~$250 | BUY NOW
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