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CipherChain Expresscard encrypts any external hard drives data

Addonics CipherChain ExpressCard Scenario

Maybe it’s just me. Ever since I got a laptop with an internal Wi-Fi radio, I haven’t found much use for that ExpressCard port on my notebook. Well, there are still products being developed for that port and one such product is the CipherChain Expresscard.

In a nutshell, it allows you to secure the data you have stored on an external hard drive or solid state drive. The great thing is that you don’t have to remember any passwords or install any software for it to work. Instead, the ExpressCard unit comes with a slot where you insert the AES 256-bit Cipher Key.

When that key is in place, the data is encrypted and available for your use. Without the key, the data may not be accessible if it had previously been encrypted. There is a “standard mode” on there too, in case you want to use unencrypted drives.

The CiperChain Expresscard uses an eSATA connection for external drives, so it may or may not be compatible with the majority of USB-based external drives on the market. By going with eSATA, however, you should expect faster data transfer speeds.

This sounds like it could be a good system, but I’m not much of an eSATA person and I’d hate to wonder what recourse I’d have if I happened to lose that Cipher Key.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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