For a while now, LaCie has provided an extremely secure portable, external storage with their Rugged range. Now though, they have added to the range with an even safer method of storage, which not only provides a rugged outer layer but also features a fingerprint scanner for access, which begs the question, why don’t more devices include such simple technology?
The LaCie Rugged Safe Portable Hard Drive is now officially the safest hard drive on the market, featuring 128-bit AES hardware encryption and biometric fingerprint authentication, it offers multiple levels of data protection from all sorts of threats. Not only that, the military grade shockproof enclosure means that dropping it or even hurling it at something hard, is unlikely to cause any loss of data. Incredible right?
The portable drive is bus powered through USB or Firewire for excellent versatility and is obviously compatible with both PC and Mac. Other, similar devices lack the plug & play functionality that the LaCie offering provides with great efficiency. Once connected for the first time, all you need to do is configure the fingerprint settings and perhaps format the drive and you’re on your way with the most secure, versatile and strong storage available today.
“The LaCie Rugged Safe was developed to enable professional or private users to protect their valuable data and intellectual property from theft and unauthorised access,” said Erwan Girard, LaCie Business Unit manager. “We’ve synthesised a range of technologies to ensure this device is the safest and most mobile storage solution — a real vault for your data.”
As I mentioned before, this is simply an addition to a range of drives already in existence. It follows the LaCie Rugged Hard Drive in being designed by the world-famous designer, Neil Poulton.
Alongside the drive, which is available in 500Gb and 1Tb options providing ample room for your secure storage, you receive the easy-to-use and customisable LaCie Backup Assistant, which simply adds even more data protection. The software is compatible with both Mac and PC. I think this is a great looking product, it’s nice to see some companies still offering the real top-notch lockdown security for external hard disks given the current trends to make external hard disk function as online accessible storage such as the PogoPlug.
The LaCie Rugged Safe Portable Hard Drive itself has a recommended retail price starting at £169 attached, which is fairly cheap when you consider the traditional prices of portable 500Gb drives, and then when you add all the extra safety/protection features and technologies, it seems a bargain if you’re after the most secure storage in the world.