Losing a USB flash drive or DVD disc can be a pain in the rear, but losing a USB flash drive or DVD disc containing confidential business information can be an absolute nightmare. And given the myriad of storage devices that we lug around with us on a daily basis, keeping track of it all becomes increasingly difficult.
The best way to lock away your data is to use encryption, but having to use different solutions for USB flash drives, USB hard drives, and CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs is cumbersome, and the more awkward encryption is to use, the greater the likelihood that it is not used.
And that's when problems start.
If you're struggling to keep your data safeguarded against snooping, then Addonics Technologies have a possible solution for you – the CipherUSB.
The CipherUSB is a small USB pass-through adapter than encrypt the data stored on any USB storage device it is connected to — whether that be a USB flash drive, an external hard drive, media cards, or even CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs burned using an USB optical drive.
Inside the tamper-evident housing of the CipherUSB dongle is FIPS/NIST certified 256-bit AES crypto engine. After the initial setup of the CipherUSB dongle – which includes a one-time setup where you program it with an encryption key – there's no passwords to enter or programs to run. You just connect the CipherUSB dongle between the computer (all operating systems with built-in support for mass storage devices are supported) and the USB mass storage device, and you're good to go.
In order to access the data you need a CipherUSB dongle programmed with the correct encryption key (you can have multiple dongles programmed to access the data, or just the one). For increased protection you can also daisy-chain several CipherUSB dongles together.
Not only is the CipherUSB a great tool, it comes in at a fantastic price, with a single dongle coming in at under $30. This makes it a gem for those looking for an easy-to-use and affordable BYOD data-securing tool.