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As we go about our day creating more data, so the demand for storage space increases. While the cloud has appeared just in time to offer free and easy access to gigabytes of storage space, some people like to keep their data close to hand. This is where personal storage comes into play. Also, it's not easy to shift gigabytes of data to and from the cloud unless you have a serious web connection.
As well as being a tech geek I'm also a photographer, and this means that I create enormous quantities of data. Just the other day I created a 10 second timelapse video, which on the face of it doesn't seem like much, but adding up the input, output and intermediate files put the total space consumed by this one project at 10GB.
That's a lot of data. I remember when all I had was a 10MB hard drive!
SanDisk Cruzer Fit
Store up to 32GB is something not much bigger than your fingernail.
Not only are thee drives great when you want to pack the maximum amount of storage into the smallest space possible, but they are also great as additional storage for tablets, smart TVs and car stereos.
I have a few of these, and other than being easy to misplace/lose, there's not much wrong with them.
Price: Starts at $10 for 4GB.
One of the biggest worries when carrying data about is loss. Sure, it sucks being down a storage device when you've left it on the train or had it stolen off you, but what sucks more is realizing that you didn't encrypt something important, and now that data is potentially out in the wild.
You might choose to mitigate this by using a software solution, but in my experience people forget to use this at the most inopportune times. Far better to use a hardware encryption solution that forces the user to encrypt the data at all times.
This is where the IronKey comes into play. Not only does it offer AES 256-bit hardware encryption, but it is built to resist attack. The device will permanently self-destruct after 10 consecutive incorrect password attempts, and a ruggedized, waterproof metal chassis resists physical break-ins and is tamper evident.
Price: The S250 starts at $110 for 2GB.