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Data Locker Launches Self-Destructing Portable Hard Drive

We don't hear about the company called Data Locker all that often, but what a great storage name that is.

Anyway, the Overland Park, Kansas-based company made some news last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas when it unveiled its new encrypted USB 3.0 portable storage drive. The Locker DL3 features up to 1TB capacity; tight, government-certified 256 bit AES XTS-mode, full drive encryption; two factor authentication; and a touch-screen authentication panel.

The thing does everything but frisk you when you use it. Be polite; you want this thing to be on your side when you're in a foxhole.

Strange but true: There's absolutely no software, drivers, or anything else on this device. It would be perfect for the next sequel to "Mission: Impossible"; it self-destructs when necessary.

So information that goes into the device stays in the device. Sounds parallel to that Las Vegas tagline.

Here's the actual feature lineup:

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • 256 bit AES XTS mode crypto engine
  • Absolutely no drivers or software
  • Two-factor authentication with optional RFID mode
  • Up to 1TB storage capacity
  • Rapid key zeroization for secure redeployment
  • Multi-lingual user interface
  • Firmware-based anti-malware protection
  • Self-destruct mode for brute force attack defense
  • Randomized keypad to eliminate fingerprint-lifting and shoulder hacks
  • Tamper evident enclosure
  • Shock and drop resistant

The Data Locker DL3 starts at $299 and is available in 500GB, 1TB and 128GB SSD capacities. The unit will be available in March 2011.

If you work for a secret government agency, you'd better get one now. That is all.

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Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...