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I have been using a Lexar for a couple years now and have been happy. The only way to access the secured areas is to reset them, at least, that is what the manufacturers state. And by resetting you basically are *reformatting* the device. I wonder if anybody has evidence of these ever being hacked ...?
Another neat gadget I realized today as well -- they have a drive now that runs off fingerprint technology. I kind of like that idea. physics, you may just have me spending money today too ;)
With as many passwords that are required anymore I have been writing logon scripts. The problem with that is when I don't have to type them in, over time I tend to forget what they are. When the script fails (and they always do when you're a rush) I end up searching my entire system looking for it, hoping that I've recorded it someplace.
Fully compatible with PC running Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Macintosh running Mac OS 9.1+, OS X v.10.1.2+ Small size and easy to use No drivers required (except for Windows98)
Plug-and-play in Linux, even though it doesn't say so on the box.
So you would hesitate on the fingerprint option though, eh? How long ago was it that you had bad experiences with the technology? Perhaps it has improved since then?
don't want to pay double the price if it's not going to work well
Lexar 256MB JumpDrive TouchGuard USB Flash
Price Range: $27.99 - $55.00 from 4 Sellers at price grabber
Price seems to have gone down, but like you, I'm not sure of the fingerprint reliability. Don't want to start depending on it only to get out on the road and have it stop working.
Just get a good password manager that comes in flavors for various OSs and that itself encrypts it's data file.
I use Password Safe. It's a free, open-source project. Not the most convenient. But it does come in 2 flavors.
If you have a need to keep other data on your USB drive that is sensitive, then look for a portable drive-encryption program that comes in multiple OS versions. Most of these work by creating an encrypted file that is mounted as a drive letter.
You have more transparency using these applications than you do in simply relying on the manufacturer of the USB key, who generally tells you very little about what they are doing and how secure their solution really is. And if you don't like it or you read that the application has been comprimised - switch to a different application.