Is it safe to say that the majority of jobs in America, whether it be white collar or blue collar, involves touching a computer at least once daily? With more and more people working on computers at the office many find themselves taking work home to get caught up for the next day. While many of us often take digital information from work home we often don?t think about the repercussions of what would happen if that data got lost. Right after I got out of college I took a job in a micro-biology research and development lab testing and designing health care professional hand washing products. You know the foam sprays the doctors use to wash their hands before they enter the treatment rooms and the chemicals they use to scrub with before a major operation. I often found myself testing dozens of formulas and testing them against numerous bacteria, molds, and other fun and more deadly strains of superbugs (penicillin resistant strains). After a day in the lab counting bacteria growth in Petri dishes I was often left with a ton of data to enter into lab books and for the report that was going to be presented to my boss. I often took this information home on paper or crudely entered into an Excel spreadsheet that was stored via my USB flash drive to be cleaned up later. With products pending FDA approval and other competing companies striving to produce the same products the information that was carried on this flash drive was readily available to anyone that plugged it into their computer system if my drive was ever stolen. If I lost my drive and it fell into the wrong hands a competing company could leap ahead (sorry for using Intel?s new phrase) months of research in mere seconds. Having the guarded gates, the swipe cards to get into the building, my work computer password, and the entry password to the labs meant nothing once I put the data on my USB key. I had all the information in my pocket walking around the streets with no protection.
Many IT managers and directors have come to realize that no matter how secure their office network is, it all means nothing once the data leaves the office and goes on their employees? home systems. Kingston Technology heard about this problem some time ago and started to develop a secure USB flash drive that would offer data encryption to protect these corporate secrets. The Kingston Data-Traveler Elite ? Privacy Edition offers 128-bit AES hardware-based protection in a USB flash drive! The Privacy Edition also features strong password protection and brute force attack security to go one step further to keep your data safe.