diskAshur2 Review

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Are you a spy? Do you need military grade encryption on your portable storage device? If so, iStorage has an extensive range of products that can secure your confidential data. Even if you’re not a spy and are simply looking for a secure, easy to use portable storage drive to store your data then iStorage has got you covered. I’ll be looking at the diskAshur2. Read it quick because this post will self destruct in 5…4….

diskAshur2 Overview

The diskAshur2 is available in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB & 5TB and is available in four colours, red, green, blue and black. Included in the box with the drive is a strong black case to carry and protect the drive. The drive itself is compact and feels quite strong and sturdy. There is a USB cable conveniently attached to the side of the hard drive, although the cable is quite short and the drive has to be positioned close to your computer or laptop.

It’s easy to see why the diskAshur2 has been dubbed the James Bond of portable USB hard drives. It has some impressive features, such as:

Super-fast USB 3.1 – With super-fast USB 3.1 data transfer speeds of 148 MBps (Read) and 140 MBps (Write), you can now access your files faster than ever before. The iStorage diskAshur2 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports.

Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism – The iStorage diskAshur2 is intelligently programmed to protect against all forms of Brute Force attacks. After five consecutive incorrect PIN entries, the drive will freeze, requiring the drive to be disconnected and reconnected to the USB port to get a further five PIN entry attempts. If a further five (10 in total) consecutive incorrect PIN attempts are entered again, the diskAshur2 will freeze again. To get a further and final five PIN attempts (15 in total), the “shift” button must be pressed whilst inserting the USB cable to the USB port and then an iStorage preset PIN will need to be entered. On the fifteenth consecutive incorrect PIN entry, the diskAshur2 assumes it is being attacked and will delete the encryption key and lock itself, rendering all data previously stored on the drive as lost forever. At this point the drive can be reset to factory default settings and redeployed.

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Self Destruct Feature – You can pre-program the diskAshur2 with your own unique Self Destruct PIN which, once implemented, instantly deletes the encryption key, all PINs, data and then creates a new encryption key.

Drive Reset Feature – The iStorage diskAshur2 also employs a useful drive reset feature, which can be implemented with a unique command. This clears all PINs and data, and creates a new randomly generated encryption key, enabling the drive to be reset and redeployed as many times as needed.

Unattended Auto-Lock Feature – Set the unattended diskAshur2 to automatically lock after a pre-determined amount of time.

Tamper Proof Design – In addition to incorporating a secure microprocessor, encrypting the data and the encryption key, the diskAshur2 adds another barrier between your data and a hacker. All the components of the diskAshur2 are completely covered by a layer of super tough epoxy resin, which is virtually impossible to remove without causing permanent damage to the components. This barrier prevents a potential hacker from accessing the critical components and launching a variety of futile attacks.

Data at rest protection – All data, PINs, and encryption keys are always encrypted while at rest.

Wear Resistant Epoxy Coated Keypad – Designed with protection in mind, the diskAshur2 wear resistant epoxy coated keypad hides key usage to avoid tipping off a potential hacker to commonly used keys.

Get Your Own

If you are looking to get your own, head on over to iStorage. The diskAshur2 retails from £159 (500GB), £219 (1TB), £289 (2TB), £329 (3TB), £389 (4TB) & £449 (5TB). iStorage also offer a range of storage devices which you can check out here:

Conclusion

Personally, I would mainly use the storage device for storing blog posts and pictures and with a minimum of 500GB of storage available it would take a lot to fill the space. If you work for an organisation or your work content is highly confidential then the diskAshur2 is definitely something I would recommend.


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