(By Victoria Woollaston)
“In addition to a text message, the data can be destroyed by turning off the GSM signal, entering a PIN too many times incorrectly, removing the drive from a PC, when the battery falls below a certain level, or using an optional authentication token“.
For many, self-destructing Snapchat messages and wiping their phone when it’s stolen is the closest they’ll come to needing to destroy data on a device.
But, for people who work with highly sensitive documents and official secrets – or are extremely paranoid about protecting their personal data – there is now a range of self-destructing hard drives.
Reminiscent of the gadgets in Mission Impossible, the drives can be wiped instantly simply by sending a text message – but they come with a spy price tag of £1,000 ($1,600).
There are three self-destructing drives available from London-based Secure Drives, as well as a Master Kill Switch.
Prices start at £938 ($1,500), for the Autothysis DSP, while the Autothysis128s costs £967 ($1,560) and the top-of-the-range Autothysis128t costs £1,027 ($1,663).
The Autothysis128s a 2.5-inch solid state drive (SSD), that can be controlled using a free smartphone app available on Android and iOS.
More than one smartphone can be linked to a drive, and if the phone is lost or stolen, the connection can be broken using a PIN code.
The drive has 128GB of encrypted storage and can be fitted to computers, or connected externally using a USB port.
It also has built-in GSM, or cellular technology, which means it can receive text messages.
When a user loses the drive, or wants to permanently delete the data on it, they send a text to the device and the storage is destroyed automatically.
The technology is designed to fragment, or scramble, the data, making it impossible to extract or read, plus a built-in security measure stops any attempts made to recover the data.
In addition to a text message, the data can be destroyed by turning off the GSM signal, entering a PIN too many times incorrectly, removing the drive from a PC, when the battery falls below a certain level, or using an optional authentication token.
This £111 ($180) token adds an extra level of security and means only the owner can destroy the data.
After the first year, customers also have to pay an extra £29 ($47) for a yearly GSM subscription.
The Autothysis128t has almost all of the same features as the Autothysis128s, but has added internal security measures to make the drive even more impenetrable…..
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