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iStorage diskAshur PRO2 SSD 2TB drive 4.5

If you run a business that deals with sensitive information or want to keep your personal data safe, an external hard drive is probably the best way to go. Connect it up to whatever holds the information, download, disconnect and it’s safe, instantly separated from any shared drives or internet connection. But all you’re doing really is moving it from one place to another and if anyone connects that device up again, what’s to stop them just accessing that information? That’s where this tough little beauty comes in.

To begin with the PIN to access anything at all on this drive is 7-15 digits long. That’s not an easy one to remember for most of us so you have a chance to make sure you get it right if you forget – 15 of them actually! But each lot of 5 attempts introduces further measures so it’s not just a matter of guessing 15 times. And, if the attempt is failed after the 15th attempt, the data is simply irretrievable and no-one is getting it no matter what you do. Pretty secure. On top of that the data is encrypted using FIPS PUB 197 validated, AES-XTS 256-bit hardware and is certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 3, NCSC CPA, NLNCSA BSPA & NATO Restricted standards. You can’t get better than that, at least not at a commercial level although they do claim this is military standard protection!

Physically, it’s tough. The core internal components are set within an epoxy coating, making it virtually impossible to remove them without damaging them and making data retrieval via this method not really an option. The keypads are also coated in a polymer that is resistant to wear and tear so people can’t figure out what numbers you press on a regular basis. On top of this, it’s dust and water resistant to IP56 and is tamper resistant. You can’t get much more secure than this hard drive. RRP £639

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You simply won’t find anything else commercially available as secure as this. Very worth it if you need to protect digital data effectively.
  • Very, very secure!
  • Admin PIN to allow re-setting of a PIN if the current one is lost/forgotten
  • No software required
  • Auto-lock feature when unplugged or left for a set amount of time as decided by the user
  • Very expensive but only if the data you’re protecting is worth less than the drive itself!