USB flash drives are convenient. That’s why everyone uses them. However, they’re also easy to lose. And when it turns out you’ve unwittingly placed sensitive data on it, you’re in trouble. While persistent data thieves will probably find a way around most types of security you can throw on a flash storage, the Lok-It thumbdrive adds an extra level of obstacle: hardware-based authentication.
A product of Systematic Development, the USB drive incorporates multiple levels of security to keep your information safe. The most noticeable of the lot is the PIN system on the body, which requires users to key in a passcode between 7 to 15 digits before allowing access to any data inside. Once you enter the right PIN, you are required to insert it into a computer within 30 seconds, lest it locks again. It also automatically locks when you pull it out of a PC. Enter the wrong passcode ten straight times and the storage automatically reformats on its own.
The Lok-It secure flash storage comes in two models – a 5-button hard ABS plastic version and a 10-button anodized aluminum one. They’re compatible with all OS platforms and are certified for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 (water-resistance, dust-proof and all that rugged jazz). Both integrate the same types of security features, which the company bills as a four-tier process.
Aside from the PIN entry, it also obfuscates the stored data, which it encodes and decodes in real-time using military-grade, FIPS-approved, AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The encryption key is stored in the system controller, keeping it away from folks who try to get to it through the actual memory. As a last level of security, the main chip, along with all vital internal components, are coated with an epoxy resin, effectively disabling forced physical access.
I’ve never been a firm believer in the potency of consumer-grade security systems, but the Lok-It USB storage sounds mighty capable on paper. There’s no pricing information on the website, but you can contact them about placing an order.