Secure USB is tricky but reliable
Datashur Secure USB key
Price: €57 Rating: HHHH
ACCORDING to the most recent figures, 51pc of Irish firms suffered a data breach over the last 12 months. While some of this was down to hacking and some was due to staff emailing the wrong things to people, a portion of the data leaks were due to misplaced, unencrypted devices. In other words, someone left a laptop in a taxi or a USB key in a pub. This is very difficult to guard against – people simply lose things sometimes. But one way of limiting the damage is to encrypt the device properly. Datashur's secure USB key is a good example.
It has a 0-9 keypad on the side of the drive which requires a code to unlock use of the USB key. The authentication process is military-grade, so isn't easily bypassed, even by someone who knows what they're doing.
It's a little tricky to get the hang of, but works reliably when set up.