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FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated
Military Grade Full-disk 256-bit AES XTS Hardware Encryption
PIN-Activated 7 - 16 digits - Alphanumeric keypad
Dust and water resistant IP58 Certified
Software-Free Setup and Operation
OS and platform independent - compatible with Windows, MAC Linux and embedded systems
TAA compliant - designed and made in the USA
Read only mode
With software-free operation, cross-platform compatibility, USB 3.0 and high capacities, Secure Key 3 brings a world of advanced data security to your fingertips. This USB 3 SSD drive incorporates PIN access with real time 256-bit AES XTS hardware encryption providing uncompromising security and ease of use. The Aegis Secure Key's FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation covers 11 areas of cryptographic security including physical security, cryptographic key management and design integrity. Using a rechargeable battery, the Aegis Secure Key enables the user to unlock the drive with a 7-16 digit PIN BEFORE connecting to the USB port on the host system. Since the PIN for the drive isn't entered through the keyboard on a computer, key logger software isn't able to steal the drives PIN. Secure Key 3 can be configured with independent User and Admin PINs, making it ideal for corporate and government deployment. If the User forgets their PIN, the Admin can then clear the forgotten User PIN and set up a new User Pin. The internal drive components are protected by a super tough epoxy compound. This barrier prevents a potential hacker from accessing the encryption circuitry and launching a variety of potential attacks. Aegis Secure Key further protects the data with a programmable "Brute Force Hack Defense Mechanism" which deletes the encryption key and destroys the data if the incorrect PIN is entered consecutive times. The Aegis Secure Key automatically locks once you unplug the drive from your computer's USB port or when power to USB port is turned off so it can never accidently be left unlocked. Secure Key 3 has several new innovative features not seen on a drive like this before including read only mode, optional self-destruct PIN, unattended auto lock, and a drive reset feature that clears all PIN's and destroys the data. Secure Key 3.0 also has a Lock Override Mode for booting an OS or passing through a virtual machine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An Aegis 2.0 is cheaper and better for data-only (reasons below)--but having one Aegis 3.0 is better if desiring high-security primary use with USB-mounted apps as explained below...
The Aegis 3.0 Secure USB Drive has two minor glitches: 1. Frequent shut-downs--but not with desktops and not if using the free fixes (see below). 2. Feels hot in use. I do not know if this will affect longevity? But where the 3.0 speed is not important, the 2.0 is less costly and also seems more certain to last well.
Either way, I like the security of a physically-encrypted PortableApps Firefox, backup programs and personal data (available free from the internet)--and no other USB stick is as secure. Might as well use it at home with the desktop as well as with the laptop when traveling--so you don't have to adjust when suddenly leaving. Then you are more secure from physical as well as viral induced failures.
Pros. * For updating and 'save as' back-ups of blog...
Worked great for six months then physically failed and is not recognized by and USB port. Although under warranty, obviously a production secure key cannot be returned or exchanged and must be destroyed forgoing value of warranty. MTBF (mean-time-between-failure) is too low for such an expensive drive. We have used other Apricorn products for years without failure. I assume the great heat generated by these keys breaks down the circuit.
First, it is so much sturdier than the earlier model, including that new hardened loop. Second, the new features for making it read/write, and read/only are welcome addition. Third. Charging it makes one of the lights blink until it is full. At that point it stops blinking. The old model did not do this and there was no way to know when it was really full unless you charged it for an hour and one half ( The time recommended in the manual).
The only thing I do not like is the cover, which is the same as the old model and does not clip in. It is made so that it tightens when it gets to the bottom open the USB stick, but still may slip with a lot of use.
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