Adding a security keypad to anything instantly makes it more exciting. Whether it’s feeling superior at being able to access the stock room whilst the rest of the dregs are forbidden, or punching in your gym pin to do five minutes of low cardio on the off-chance you might see that girl that smiled at you once, but I digress. The iStorage diskAshur² is an easy to use, ultra-secure, PIN authenticated USB 3.1 hard drive with real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, software-free design and super-fast data transfer speeds. You get to set up your own 7-15 digit PIN, James Bond style, which is relatively easy to set up thanks to the included software setup and operation. The diskAshur² will work across all operating systems including MS Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, Chrome, Thin Clients, Zero Clients and embedded systems, as well as any device with a USB port.

I won’t pretend to know what this means, but for those who might understand it, it is worth mentioning that one of the unique and underlying security features of the GDPR compliant diskAshur² is the dedicated hardware based secure microprocessor (Common Criteria EAL4+ ready), which uses a built-in physical protection mechanism to defend against external tamper, bypass attacks and more. The diskAshur² will react to any automated attacks by entering a deadlock frozen state, which stops any such attacks in its tracks, and the EDGE (Enhanced Dual Generating Encryption) technology offers advanced data security via a built-in FIPS PUB 197 validated AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption engine.

The diskAshur² features fast USB 3.1 data transfer speeds of 148 MBps (read) and 140 MBps (write), it is compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports, and you can even pre-program the diskAshur² with a Self-Destruct PIN - how James Bond is that? It also comes with protective carrycase, is light weight and portable and feels tough and strong. One con is that the built-in USB cable is annoyingly short, so you will need an extension for desktop computers. However, the diskAshur² is an ultra-secure device - it doesn’t come cheap, but if you need this level of security, it’s worth paying for. Starts from RRP £159

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Real-time hardware encryption with PIN authentication

EDGETM (Enhanced Dual Generating Encryption) Technology

Self-Destruct Feature

Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism

Unattended Auto-Lock feature

Available in four colours: Phantom Black, Ocean Blue, Fiery Red & Racing Green

Available in 500GB-5TB


Short integrated USB cable