With GDPR being a talkative subject it is now up to us to safely keep our data under control however this does not seem to work with the likes of Facebook whom now face huge fines and alongside this much of this information we freely share is down to us what we sign up to and NOT IGNORING the banners that come up on web pages which lets us decide what is share albeit some still require some opt ins to continue within the websites.

Even recently I was at a hotel and to use Wi-Fi I had to opt in to continue using it which I kindly declined and this also goes for many public Wi-Fi hotspots out there in eateries and shopping centres and so on and I would advise to steer clear as they just suck up information. Whatever about being on your mobile phone using such but imagine using your laptop…

I have tried several such items we are looking at today before and these two items from Apricorn are unique in their own right when it comes to security standards and size being portable and easy to use,robust and most importantly secure. The Aegis padlock fortress and Hardware encrypted thumb drive are two valuable pieces of tech you should have in your arson to protect and limit whom has access to the data stored on them. They come in a range of storage formats to suit pockets and as we know storage is expensive these days and capacity is an issue for some and both these have you covered.

Small compact and robust this has all the bells and whistles required with a simple set up as seen in the video above with storage options from 2GB up to 128GB you are covered here.

What to look for on your PC /Laptop


FIPS 140-2 level 3 Validation pending | Ultra Compact | On-the-Fly 100% Hardware-Based Encryption | Software-Free Setup and Operation | Cross-Platform Compatible | Host-Free Onboard Keypad Authentication | Rugged Extruded Aluminum Enclosure.

Software-Free, 100% hardware-based 256-bit AES XTS encrypted, onboard keypad PIN authenticated, and ultra-fast USB 3.1 (3.0) data transfer speeds. All Data is encrypted on the fly and the device’s PINs and Data remain encrypted while the drive is at rest. Completely cross-platform compatible and OS agnostic; thrives in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Chrome, embedded systems, and equipment possessing a powered USB port and storage file system. All internal componentry is protected from physical tampering with a layer of hardened epoxy, and locked-down firmware brings immunity to malware attacks such as BadUSB.

DATA TRANSFER RATE Up to 77MB/s Read / 72MB/s Write
POWER SUPPLY USB Port / Internal Battery
INTERFACE Super Speed USB 3.1 (Backwards compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1)
DIMENSIONS 81mm x 18.4mm x 9.5mm | 22 g
WARRANTY 3-year Limited Warranty
APPROVALS FIPS 140-2 Level 3 pending 4Q 2018, IP-67, FCC, CE, VCCI, WEE, C-TICK
CERTIFICATION POLICIES click here for certification policy
ECCN   /  HTS  /  CAGE CODE 5A992.c  /  8473.50.3000  /  3VYK8
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows®, Mac®, Linux, Android and Symbian systems, or any powered USB OS with a storage file system


The Aegis Fortress L3 

The bigger brother of the above given it’s not big compared to some I have tried in the past this is pocketable which is handy or will fit fine in you laptop bag and comes with two cables for connectivity which is standard USB and a USB-C connection cable which is great forward thinking as now we are seeing laptops coming with USB-C ports as well as mobile phones and that includes Apple products. This will also work with USB-C mobile phones.

Again robust, portable and easy to set up this is also a must have in you tech bag be it for personal or business use and again you can limit access to this via admin mode which keeps data under control should you need to move it or transfer to someone else.. Once again this comes in several storage options from 500GB up to 5 TB or SSD from 512GB up to 16TB which the latter will cost you 10 grand.

FIPS 140-2 level 3 Validated (pending Q1 2019)

Delivering all of the same next level security features as our Aegis line of secure drives, in an extremely rugged enclosure, and with a new, ultra fast encryption chipset, the L3 is the fastest, most robust, highest capacity drive we’ve ever made. Tough on the outside, the Fortress L3 is designed to meet NIST’s highest level of FIPS validation attainable for portable devices: 140-2 level 3. Small enough to go in a pocket or briefcase, large enough to carry up to 16TB of data, the Fortress L3 allows you to securely and easily carry large amounts of sensitive data everywhere you go. Available in a wide variety of storage capacities in both HDD and high speed SSD models.

The Aegis Fortress is Software-Free, 100% hardware-based 256-bit AES XTS encrypted, and onboard keypad PIN authenticated with ultra-fast USB 3.1 (3.0) data transfer speeds. All Data is encrypted on the fly and all PINs and Data remain encrypted while the drive is at rest. Completely cross-platform compatible and OS agnostic; the Aegis Fortress thrives with Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Symbian and Chrome. It also thrives where software-authenticated encrypted devices can’t function, such as embedded systems and equipment in possession of a powered USB port and storage file system but no keyboard.

DATA TRANSFER RATE USB 3.0 – up to 180 MB/sec | *To acheive these data transfer speeds, your computer’s internal drive must be solid state. In the case of your computer having a hard drive, the speed will be limited by your internal HDD
POWER SUPPLY 100% Bus Powered
AVERAGE SEEK TIME 0.1 ms Access Time
SHOCK – OPERATING 1500G/0.5ms | Virtually shock and vibration resistant
WARRANTY 3 Year Limited
APPROVALS FCC, CE | FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated (NIST certification # 2835)
CERTIFICATION POLICIES click here for certification policy
ECCN   /  HTS  /  CAGE CODE 5A992.c  /  8473.50.3000  /  3VYK8
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux Requires USB port (for maximum speeds must be used with a USB 3.0 port) – Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.
COMMENTS Drive Type: Solid State Drive
Encryption: 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
Operating Temperature Range: -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C)
Operating Humidity Range: 95% humidity at temperatures under 131°F (55°C)
Vibration: 20G/20-2000Hz



By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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