From students to industry professionals, we all use technological devices to help us in our day to day lives – in the era of smartphones one device is standing the test of time more than others, none other than the humble USB drive!
It serves many purposes in the business world and in our personal lives, in comparison to previous storage devices (CDs and floppy disks), USB devices have stood the test of time, why? It all comes down to versatility and practicality, the USB backup device has a huge advantage over its old rivals, not being prone to magnetic interference, surface scratches, its small, fast, durable and reliable.
The proliferation is widespread, I’m sure we’ve all used one at some point. However, with the rise in cloud connectivity and more business applications moving toward cloud-based services, the contest between USB Storage and The Cloud has become more closely matched.
Let’s look at how they line up…
After the initial cost of the USB, you own the device outright and there's no need to pay monthly fees to access your data. Cloud services may offer small amounts of storage at no cost, but most have monthly or annual fees that increase with the amount of storage space you require. Google Drive, for example, charges up to $50 a month for 1TB of storage space.
Cloud services such as Drop Box and Google Drive means you can now upload, download, view and edit your data on a multitude of devices, however you do need to be online! There is no doubting the benefits of Cloud storage, but when it comes to sharing or moving data (especially if its sensitive information) there is a tendency to trust the cloud less. This is where the humble USB Device takes the upper hand, wherever you are, with or without an internet connection all you need is your computer and a USB port. Perfect for business travellers or at times of power outages.
Privacy & Security
Cloud services, at a minimum, require you set up a username and password that is used each time you log in to the service. Depending on your cloud storage provider, it may offer additional security features like two-step verification and data encryption to further protect your sensitive and valuable data.
A USB Device generally requires little to no setup before you can start using it BUT if you don't take additional steps to encrypt or protect the data, anyone who finds the device can access it.
The trend within business organisations is to invest in encrypted USB products for their staff, IT departments have tried “locking down” systems to stop information being copied but realised that it can be a losing battle, better to have data which is being copied protected rather than face the risk of data leaks through lost or stolen, unprotected, USB devices. This add the extra layer of security, encryption, to further safeguard your data.
ClearCrypt – Industry Leading Encryption
In our ever-connected world, an encrypted USB device is not just an accessory but rather a necessity, and this is where ClearCrypt come into play.
ClearCrypt is a range of 256-bit Encrypted Storage Devices designed to be robust, secure and cost effective while offeringindustry leading encryption and a product range to suit all needs and requirements.
Privileged, confidential or sensitive data must always be protected from intentional or accidental loss. The ClearCrypt range of devices are designed to make this cost effective, flexible, easy to achieve and with speeds up to 5GB per second, they are 10x faster than the normal USB 2.0 drives.
You can find out more info about ClearCrypt, our products and how they can serve you and your organisation by clicking here or give me a call on +353 1 2809410 to discuss how ClearCrypt can best fit into your business.