Data backup is the boring-but-important technology equivalent of insurance. And I’m neurotically into both. Last autumn I needed an emergency operation in New York. I was opened up by a surgeon at one of the world’s most renowned hospitals to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, all covered by a trivially inexpensive travel policy.
The thought of data disaster scares me almost as much. Many of you reading this will routinely carry commercially sensitive files on a dedicated storage device, notably a secure USB stick – one of the least sexy but most used forms of portable technology. But even modestly secured USB sticks have a habit of going astray. And imagine all your company secrets ending up down the back of an airline seat.
Here is the answer: a neat, pocketable device from Middlesex company iStorage that claims to be (and I’m not arguing) the world’s most secure USB flash drive, with military-grade XTS-AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Its purposeful keypad enables you to secure data with a seven-to-15 digit pin code. The datAshur Pro USB 3.0 may cost 10 times more than a normal USB, but for peace of mind it takes some beating. Plus it works with PCs, Macs, Linux, the lot. Just don’t forget the pin.