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Apricorn Biometrically Secure Hard Drives

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010

You see the hard drive that I’m advertising below? I’m buying that bad boy in a couple of days. The maker of that external hard drive is a company called Apricorn, and I just learned about them on Tuesday while I was out of town.

Here’s the thing about these drives. They have two ways of securing the drives so no one else can get into them if they happen to snatch them. One way is to get a drive with a keypad on it. You create a numeric password, and you go on from there. The other, which I’m showing below, is something called “biometrically secure”; in plain terms, there’s this pad that you run your thumb across, and that’s how you get into it. There’s no guessing what the number is; if it’s not your thumb, there’s no accessing your data by anyone else.

I hear someone saying “so, we’ll just crack open the case.” Nope; if the case is cracked, it automatically shuts down because all data is encrypted. At that point, it’s of no use to anyone. And, with this method, you can pop it onto any computer you’d like, and just run your thumb over it and you’re good to go. All your information, and anyone else’s information, is secure and safe; no stolen laptop worries. Makes me wonder why the government hasn’t been using these things all along instead of leaving them on laptops that continually seem to be getting stolen.

Oh yeah, the one below is a 500GB drive, but you don’t have to get a drive that big. I’m just being greedy; it will be replacing my 300 GB drive that’s in my enclosure, the one which, right now, is telling me that it only has 95GB free, which I’m trying to figure out. No matter; this type of secure data is imperative for someone like me, who travels to do some of my work.

Oh yeah; they have other drives that aren’t as secure, and drives that are solid state drives, which means they don’t get as hot as other drives and run much quieter. Lots of choices, lots of different prices; check them out, because they look pretty cool. But I’m buying the one below; yeah!

Apricorn BIO 500GB Hard Drive - Biometrically secure/128-bit AES Hardware Encrypted External Hard Drive

Apricorn BIO 500GB Hard Drive – Biometrically secure/128-bit AES Hardware Encrypted External Hard Drive

Price – $162.99






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Isn’t it amazing how much the prices of hard drives have come down. I remember paying more than that for a 500 meg hard drive. Now they have thumb drives bigger than that. That’s technology for you.
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April 1st, 2010 | 9:38 AM
Mitch:

Sire, I remember when I bought my first 1GB hard drive and paid $250 for it and thought “man, it doesn’t get any better than this.” Technology is definitely amazing.

April 1st, 2010 | 4:10 PM
Dennis Edell:

Do they come bigger? Mine right now is 1TB
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April 2nd, 2010 | 7:35 PM
Mitch:

Yes, there is bigger; I just don’t want to pay that much more for one right now.

April 2nd, 2010 | 7:37 PM
Dennis Edell:

I’ll check ’em, but I doubt I’ll find the deal I got here for $100 or so.
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April 3rd, 2010 | 11:55 AM
Mitch:

Probably not; security does cost a big more. lol

April 3rd, 2010 | 6:47 PM
Dennis Edell:

True, which makes it all the more less likely. Even without the security, a 1TB for 100 was quite shocking.
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April 4th, 2010 | 12:22 PM

@Sire: Check Moore’s law or Kryder’s law, which explain why we’re able to get more storage for less money as time goes by.

@Mitch: I don’t have data which is that important to justify buying one of these drives, but I like the fact that you can take it with you, plug it in, and swipe your finger to unlock your data, that’s great!

April 2nd, 2010 | 8:57 PM
Mitch:

John, the thing about this is that I do need it because at times I’m on the road, and I have confidential client information on a drive, and it would be nice knowing it’s secure.

April 2nd, 2010 | 11:30 PM

Hi Mitch,

That hard drive sounds amazing and I hope that it doesn’t have to be only your thumb unlocking it or does it?

Does it take a thumb print or any finger print or on what basis does it identify you?

It certainly beats any number code which you can forget or lose.

The amount of storage is impressive too. What is the price of the 300 GB?

That one would be plenty for me.

Vance
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April 4th, 2010 | 4:39 PM
Mitch:

I’m not sure about some of your questions, Vance. If you click on the product at the bottom of my page, it’ll take you to a page where you can view the others. And I think it has to be your thumb if you get this one; at least that’s my impression, though, in reality, how would it know? 🙂

April 4th, 2010 | 5:10 PM

I can’t believe how cheap hard drives are nowadays. For $60, you can get a decent size hard drive. Now I just need to by an external hard drive.

April 15th, 2010 | 9:19 PM

Hi Mitch,

That hard drive sounds amazing and I hope that it doesn’t have to be only your thumb unlocking it or does it?

Does it take a thumb print or any finger print or on what basis does it identify you?

It certainly beats any number code which you can forget or lose.

The amount of storage is impressive too. What is the price of the 300 GB?

That one would be plenty for me.

Vance
.-= Vance Sova´s last blog ..Marketing With Alex 3.0 Preview, Gurus Nightmare Alex’s New Ebook =-.

April 19th, 2010 | 1:55 PM
Mitch:

Vance, it says you can also use your finger instead of your thumb. I’m trying to figure out why people seem to reluctant to use their thumb. I have no idea of the price of a 300GB drive; you’d have to look that one up yourself.

April 19th, 2010 | 11:01 PM
Mitch:

By the way Vance, why does your message link go to a different blog than your name, which is also different, and that link? Freaky.

April 19th, 2010 | 11:02 PM