Portable for the Paranoid
Does all this security matter? More and more, the answer is an emphatic yes. Obviously, data protection is important if you’re working in an environment in which the law (and common sense) requires you to secure customers’ or users’ personal info: If you’re a teacher, a healthcare worker, a federal employee, an HR staffer, or someone subject to GDPR or similar requirements, security is not just sensible, it’s mandatory. If you’re not bound by such rules but still transport confidential or proprietary company information, or just have your personal passwords or bank account numbers stored on your drive, it pays to be security-conscious.
Besides, external drives are small and light (the Fortress SSD weighs a pound and measures 0.9 by 4.75 by 3 inches); they’re easily lost or stolen. If your Aegis drive should go missing, you can relax—no one is getting at your data. (And of course, you have a backup, right? Right?!)
Beyond Tough Enough
The Aegis Fortress L3 isn’t bombproof and you wouldn’t want to drop it into a lake, but other than that, it’s pretty rugged, and the fact that it’s a solid-state drive (the Fortress L3 family spans 500GB to 5TB hard drives and 512GB to 16TB SSDs, the last costing a breathtaking $9,999) means it’s further resistant to shocks. The drive’s FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification covers not only the data encryption but physical access—it’s built to forestall any tampering with the electronics and enclosure. The membrane keypad is well protected from dust or liquid; the drive enclosure is sealed with security fasteners; and the whole thing is secured with epoxy.
But security is where the Aegis really shines. The AES 256-bit hardware encryption means it would take multiple supercomputers working for thousands of years to break into your data. And the fact that the encryption is baked into the drive itself, rather than residing in software, both adds security and minimizes any performance hit.
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