Review: Self-Encrypting External Hard Disk Drives

When evaluating secure, external, portable, hard-drives for yourself, the fundamental question is do you want a hardware- or a software-based device?

Introduction

With data becoming more valuable, the need for security also gets greater.  Today’s technology and working behaviours both facilitate data being easily transported. Information is far less static due to home working, multiple office sites, low cost USB storage devices and DVDs.  With all these portable devices and data being moved from place to place we must be mindful of data backup.

When evaluating secure, external, portable, hard-drives for yourself, the fundamental question is do you want a hardware- or a software-based device?  This review looks at six examples and considers how each can be used for data transportation and backup. The products covered range from convenient plug and play devices offering simple and secure transport, to slightly (very slightly) more complex products that include a few more useful features.  As with most IT products, your choice should come down to suitability for purpose. 

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