Thursday, January 26, 2017

Portable Storage with Password Encryptioin

For those of you who are looking for portable storage with built-in password encryption, you may want to take a look at Western Digital's My Passport.  This peripheral storage device is available for personal computers using Windows OS and for Macs using iOS.  The PC version comes in a variety of fun colors and both versions come in four different sizes: 1TB ($59.99), 2TB ($89.99), 3TB ($109.99) and 4TB ($119.99).  They have a USB 3.0 interface (fastest now available) and are reverse compatible with a USB 2.0 interface. The great thing is that there is a built-in 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security software that helps keep your content private and safe. You can even add a “return-if-found” message as the password prompt in case your My Passport drive ever gets lost. 

I have been using WD portable drives for years and have found them to be extremely reliable. I have a 1TB I use as a continuous backup and an older, 350GB one that I use like a thumb drive. 

In addition, the company stands by their guarantee. If anything happens to the drive during the first 3 years you have it, they will replace it for free - no questions asked. One of mine decided to go swimming a couple of years ago and I had a replacement in less than a week. 

With its built-in auto-backup software - it is the perfect way to make sure your computer is continually and consistently backed-up to an outside source.  And, unlike cloud storage that relies on wifi to connect you to your files, this little guy will travel with you and always be available.  It is compact and small enough to fit in a shirt pocket.

I highly recommend you maintain THREE backups for your computer and this little drive is a great way to take care of one of them.

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