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Expensive, reasonably quick, does its job
on 24 October 2013
When I did a speed test, I got 7.7MB writes and 16MB reads, which is noticeably slower than the indicated speeds, but still at least 2/3 of the listed speeds, so slightly disappointing, but significantly faster than many cheap drives.
I tried unplugging the drive without locking first, and it was encrypted still - while this could lose data if the write hasn't completed, the encryption side doesn't seem to be a problem. I also tried entering the wrong password - after 10 failed tries (not 6 as advertised) it wipes the drive. I then tried some basic forensic tools having set up another password, and this failed to find any files - it looks like the process or the encryption may prevent recovery, which was what you'd hope would be the case.
Given the £30 price tag, this is obviously an order of magnitude more expensive than a basic flash drive of a similar capacity - it does then seem rather expensive, although it's not expensive compared to many other encrypted devices, so I guess it's not bad on this score, if not that impressive either.
The software doesn't work on Linux, which is a major negative for me, and it's quite sluggish to lock and unlock, with a delay of a few seconds after each action.
I can't help but think that you would generally be better off installing TrueCrypt or the like to encrypt your data - it may be marginally less secure, but probably secure enough for most requirements, and works on a standard drive AND Windows/Mac/Linux, which makes it more widely usable and much cheaper because you can get a 64GB drive for less than the cost of a 4GB hardware encrypted one. I only give it 3 stars because of that question of real value, but it does work pretty much as advertised (barring the speed discrepancy).