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Old 28th July, 2008, 05:18 AM
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PQI Cool Drive U350H

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The Power Quotient International (PQI) Cool drive U350H is a stylish USB flash drive made from aluminum with a design similar to that of a retractable pen. The drive has a tab at the top that when pressed deploys the actual USB connector. Pressing it again retracts the USB male connector to inside of the protective casing, protecting it from damage.

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Old 28th July, 2008, 04:01 PM
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Just a little gimmick to set it apart and make it unusual so people will buy it.
Still its a slick cool idea.
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Are there USB memory sticks that offer good data security? Call me paranoid...
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Old 30th July, 2008, 05:22 AM
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There are some USB sticks that offer EXCELLENT data security, but you won't get them for $35. The cheapest I know of starts out at about $200 for like 256 MB of storage but is fully hardware encrypted using AES, requires a thumbprint, and will erase the contents if accessed incorrectly more than a certain number of times.

You can get some less expensive devices that include a cheap print reader and use Windows software, but they don't have hardware encryption, so they are little more than gimmicky thumb drives. IMO, if you are looking at a solution like that, you might as well just get an application to encrypt the data stored on the drive (or use an encrypted file system) and be done with it.
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Following on, you could use TrueCrypt (A freely available drive encryption program) to encrypt data on any USB drive. You're then not restricted to whatever the manufacturer provided you, and you've got a better idea of how robust the encryption actually is.

Some cheaper manufacturers will sell you a device with a fingerprint reader on. However, bypassing the fingerprint reader just takes altering a few bytes in their software. How about that for security?
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