ComputerWorld did a nice write up about the IronKey Workspace product for Windows 8 operating system.
Read the full article here.
“IronKey storage devices have also been validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to meet the stringent Level 3 criteria of FIPS 140-2. Combined with the cloud -based IronKey Enterprise Management Service, data security can be managed and audited from anywhere in the world. The IronKey Workspace flash drive, however, is not FIPS-certified.”
The IronKey will boot from any PC or Mac computer. Boots in about 35 seconds but has an initial configuration time of about 4 minutes.
Nexcopy has released a USB Copy Protection solution for those who need to share files, but without giving the “receiver” full ability to copy and re-distribute.
The great thing about a USB flash drive is file sharing. They are great for copy and saving and taking files on the road. This same convenience factor also makes it very difficult to have Digital Rights Management as well. With Nexcopy’s USB Copy Protection, it’s not difficult any longer!
First, lets explain the difference between write protection and USB copy protection. Some thing it’s the same, but it’s not.
USB write protection [also called data lock] means the files cannot be deleted off the drive…it also means files cannot be added to the drive. But you can still copy the files off the drive to your desktop or hard drive.
USB copy protection provides the same functionality as write protection, but in addition, does not allow
The original wax seals were simply melted beeswax poured over the flap of a letter. The wax would range in color from nearly transparent to brown, depending on the quality of the wax. In the 11th century, artisans began adding colors to the waxes, such as red and black. These first seals were not tamper-proof, however, as the letter could be opened and then resealed with similar wax. For this reason, stamps or seals were created so people could impress their personal design or crest into the warm wax, making forgery difficult.
Today you can apply the same tradition to technology. The Top Secret USB drive with wax seal is that device. The USB flashdrive is made of high quality porcelain, finished off with a beautifull wax stamp containing the logo.
Besides the original white porcelain version there is also a black variant. Either one is available with red, orange, pink, blue or green wax seal. We also make Top Secret USB flashdrive for special occasions, like for a wedding: white with a silver wax seal. The top secret USB flashdrive in light blue or pink are designed as a gift for a newborn. All usb sticks are sealed standard with the original Top Secret ‘TS’ logo. There is the possibility of choosing your own design, letters or images. The Top Secret USB flashdrive are available with either 2, 4 or 8 gigabytes of memory.
Microsoft has made available a new version of “Defender” to ride infected computers of malware, including rootkits which highjack your boot process and corrupt your computer.
The “Defender Offline Beta” is available from Microsoft for free [here] and does require updates as virus definitions are always changing.
Definitions are files that provide an encyclopedia of potential software threats. Because new threats appear daily, it’s important to always have the most up-to-date definitions installed in Windows Defender Offline Beta. Armed with definition files, Windows Defender Offline Beta can detect malicious and potentially unwanted software, and then notify you of the risks.
The Redmond company suggests you make a USB drive with the Defender Offline Beta software from a PC which is not infected. Doing so on a corrupted computer could interfere with the USB and yield the Microsoft tool useless.
To use Windows Defender Offline Beta, you need to follow four basic steps:
In a mad rush, I’ve logged off my computer, shut down the PC and ran out the door. All the while with my USB stick still connected. The USB stick with all my photo’s, portable applications and the exe file I promised to give my neighbor. Getting home, I reach for my flash drive in pocket, and oh Sh1t it isn’t there.
Or some of you may be using USB’s to boot from so there is boot strap code on the device. If the USB is connected during bootup of your PC, you can get an error message…and for a non-tech person [wife or girlfriend] they may think their computer has crashed.
The only way around all this stuff is making sure to pull the USB out of your computer.
With USB Guard this is exactly what it does, reminds you a USB flashdrive is connected before you log off, or power down the PC.
You can also flag USB hard drives so they too are never forgotten.
IronKey has long been known as the ultimate in data storage and security for content loaded on a flash drive. With hardware encryption, self destruct safety protocols for incorrect passwords and AES 256 data encryption it’s no wonder those who need the ultimate in data security go to IronKey. Well no longer says Imation.
Under the agreement, Imation will receive exclusive license rights from IronKey for the secure storage management software and service along with licensing to use the IronKey brand for its secure storage products.
While Imation is bringing the IronKey brand to a global distribution channel, IronKey will accelerate their focus on cloud-based security tools and features. IronKey will support