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$69 portable hard drive enclosure adds keypad password protection
Hong Kong based Brando, has introduced a portable hard drive enclosure with a password keypad. Without knowing the access code, strangers won't even be able to access the hardware. If you want to take paranoid to a new level, you can use double protection by encrypting the data stored on the drive.
This enclosure does not include a hard disk, so you'll have to invest some more in a 2.5" hard drive, which will cost you upwards of $65, plus you'll have to install it yourself.
In the coming months, I'm sure we will see more of these products pop up. The combination of the US government admitting that they can (and will) seize suspicious equipment and the general fear of the Chinese government during the Olympics is driving paranoia to a new level. Of course, some of that paranoia is justified.
When it comes to securing your data, the only 100% safe method is to leave important files at home, don't carry anything you wouldn't want to share with a stranger, and never ever login to any kind of site unless you are 100% sure the connection you are using is secure. Of course, the first sign for any customs official that you might be hiding something, is a hard drive enclosure with a password keypad, so you really can't ever win.
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