This Tiny Key-Code Flash Drive Protects Your Files With a PIN

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Tiny, capacious flash drives not only make it easy to carry gigs and gigs of data wherever you go, they also makes it easy to lose gigs and gigs of data.

So if you've had more flash drives go MIA than you prefer to remember, Toshiba will now let you password protect those lost files with a built-in PIN pad so you don't have to worry about your data falling into the wrong hands.

That peace of mind comes with a few caveats, though. For starters, the drives are only USB 2.0, so patience is a must when copying large files, and the capacities top out at 32GB which is downright tiny by today's standards.

There's also a handy Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism, which erases all the data on the drive automatically after ten failed PIN attempts, but that's also just an annoying prank waiting to happen.

For now, the new Toshiba encrypted drives are US-only and also pretty damn expensive, ranging in price from $95 (£63) for just a 4GB model, to $200 (£132) for 32GB. For once, even parity with the States would be seriously spenny for Brits. 

But then you're not really paying for capacity here, you're paying for the assurance that the next time your flash drive goes missing you'll only be out a boatload of cash, not the sense of security that your private files are safe. [Toshiba via Ubergizmo]