Secure flash drives keep you safe on the road

Scott dunn By Scott Dunn

In a Sept. 24 Top Story, I described how to evade keyloggers when using a public PC by storing your personal information on a flash drive.

If you don’t mind paying a little extra to maintain your privacy and security, a specialized flash drive called IronKey can help you stay safe while using an untrustworthy computer.

Anyone concerned about security — and that’s just about everybody — should consider using a flash drive to transport sign-in info and other personal data when traveling. Following my story on thwarting keyloggers, several readers suggested the IronKey flash drive as an even-stronger security measure.

Billing the device as the “world’s most secure flash drive,” the company claims IronKeys are waterproof, tamperproof, and able to endure extreme physical conditions.

Beyond the sheer ruggedness of its devices, each of which is encased in metal, the firm takes multiple approaches to securing your data. The first time you use an IronKey device, the product prompts you to create a master password and set up an account on the site. As part of the sign-up process, you’re asked to provide answers to personal questions that can be used to identify you if you forget your password.

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