Crypteks USB Super-Secures Your Digital Stash

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Desperately trying to hide your copy of Back Door Sluts 9 from the missus? You'll have to do better than just a good hiding spot. The Cypteks USB drive protects your unmentionables with super-strong hardware encryption and a physical combination lock.

Inspired by the "cryptex" device from The DaVinci Code, this USB drive resides in a solid-aluminium alloy cylinder. Your snooping spouse will have to first access the drive by unlocking the cylinder — that involves twisting a set of five tumblers on the cylinder face. With 26 letters in the English alphabet and a five-letter code, that works out to 14,348,907 potential passwords — just don't use your spouse's name. Even if she somehow unlocks the cylinder and plugs in the USB, your data will still be protected by 256-bit AES hardware encryption and a secondary password. If she cracks that, well, you're on your own.

The Crypteks drive will be available in 4, 8, and 16GB capacities with 24 MB/s read and 10 MB/s write speeds via a USB 2.0 connection. The 8cm drive is expected to ship in time for the holidays and retail for around £85 and £105 for the 8GB and 16GB versions, respectively. Preorders are available from the Crypteks Kickstarter page (don't worry, it's already been funded). [Crypteks via Gizmag via DVice]