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It's easy to think that, with the popularization of cloud storage, the days of needing to carry data with us on a storage device are over. But you'd be wrong.
While cloud storage is great for certain things -- documents, images, and such stuff -- it can become unwieldy if you need access to large amounts of data quickly. Also, you're constantly relying on having a good internet connection.
One of the most convenient ways to carry data with you when you're out and about is a USB flash drive.
Yes, it's 2022, and USB flash drives are still relevant.
The Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3 NXC has become my absolute go-to USB flash drive for anything that I want to keep locked away from snooping eyes. I've been using one now for many months and it's one of those things that fits so well into my workflow.
It's highly reliable and offers superb peace of mind because all the data remains encrypted at all times.
Why do you not list flash drive speeds for all drives?
First, a lot of manufacturers don't list it, and secondly, it's so dependent on the host system the drive is connected to that I don't find it a useful metric anymore.
What are your thoughts on encryption?
I find hardware-based encryption to be really good. You unlock the drive, and everything stays encrypted at all times. But I find software encryption to be not that useful and not something I'd rely on.
How reliable are the keys on the drives with their own built-in keyboards?
I had concerns when I first started using them, but they're actually very reliable.
How reliable are cheap drives?
I've never had one fail through a defect. I've either lost them or broken them through carelessness