Protecting your portable data devices has now arrived.
The days of spy technology moving into the public area has now arrived for your portable thumb drive. Many of us carry the small thumb drives in our pockets as an easy method of porting information or code from work to home or client location. I have lost a thumb drive more than a few times and wondered if anyone found it and used the information on it. There is now the technology to add a layer of security to the thumb drive as voice recognition to unlock the information contained on it. This is available today for purchase from Hammacher Schlemmer and moves things from the difficult to the simple.
There has been the ability to encrypt a USB thumb drive so that prying eyes could not get to it without an extreme amount of work. How many of you have taken the time to do that is probably a low percentage and we all believe that we are not going to lose the thumb drive. Of course, I have lost a few over the years, leaving them at some customer I have visited to do work. With this new Voice Activated thumb drive, you will now have something which is a conversation item with your customers. For a small business, this is a great way to get someone interested. In the event that the voice recognition is not working if your voice is altered because you are sick, there is an alternative method of color coded input to access the thumb drive. Some are saying there is text based input for entering your password, but below is a YouTube video demonstrating the Voicelok feature. The Voicelok site shows the set up instructions as well and there is no feature for text based input.
The current price on this item is $49.95 for the 8GB version of the thumb drive. The Voicelok drive is a unique item and one which will definitely catch peoples attention when you use it. It is an example of a solution to an existing concern to secure the data. The question which now might arise is whether this is the correct way to secure your thumb drive so that it is secure. While this does look like a great idea when demonstrated, it makes one wonder about real world use. Is this a great idea gone wrong?
It may well be. While you customers will get intrigued when you use it, is it really all that secure? All someone would need to do is listen to you saying the password in the Voice Activation Mode and now they know how to access the thumb drive. The answer to that is No because the Voice Activation requires the actual persons voice. While we have not received one of these yet, we can assume it is sophisticated enough to stop someone trying to imitate your voice. While they will not be able to use the Voice Recognition feature, there is the color based feature where they can enter a color coded sequence to gain access to the USB thumb drive. So you use that feature when there are other people in the room whom you do not want them to hear and someone still might be able to watch you enter the color coded sequence and then know how to gain access.
Now that we are getting USB thumb drives which are coming with Voice Recognition, how much longer will it be before we get an even more secure method of protecting and securing USB thumb drives? That would be in the form of using finger prints to provide access to the thumb drive. That is already being done with laptops and provides a secure method of gaining access to them based on a persons finger prints. That will probably be something which we might see next year as technology improvements push prices down.
Are you interested in a Voice Recognition USB thumb drive or would you prefer finger print access to a USB thumb drive?