Data Encryption: Victorinox Offering $3000, 1 TB Flash Drive Later This Year.

According to various sites focusing on gadgets, Victorniox — manufacturers of the official Swiss Army Knife — has debuted a one terabyte flash drive that will cost $3,000 (or less, the company hopes).  1 TB is a lot of information.  No wonder, then, that it will feature AES-256 encryption, which is the algorithm powering AlertBoot […] read more

Disk Encryption: Australia’s Railcorp Auctions Off USB Flash Disks With Personal Data, Being Investigated.

The Daily Telegraph ( has a headline that reads “Railcorp blunder as personal details offered in rail sale.”  It piqued my interest; what kind of company would do that in this day and age?  Then, I realized, hey, using data encryption on the things and losing the keys before selling them is not exactly easy […] read more

USB Data Encryption: The Crypteks USB Stick Combines Encryption With Encryption.

Wired has a short review on a new USB stick that’s pretty awesome-looking.  The Crypteks USB stick was inspired by the Cryptex in The Da Vinci Code.  It features 256 AES encryption for the stick itself, plus gives you an elegant and fun outer shell that’s also encrypted.  Or, at least, uses the principles of […] read more

Data Encryption: One Lesson from Australia’s Computershare Breach (Updated).

The Sydney Morning Herald brings us news of a data breach at Computershare, a share registry business (as in registering shares of company stock) based out of Australia but doing business globally.  The company has spent $80 million on data encryption and other information security measures.  And yet, “thousands of pages of sensitive and confidential […] read more

USB Drive Encryption: UK Rochdale Council Breach Affects 18,000.

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has been reprimanded by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for the loss of a USB drive.  The device contained personal information and was not guarded with data encryption software like AlertBoot. 18,000 Affected The missing device contained names, addresses, and council payment details.  Bank account details and other data were […] read more

Data Encryption Software: The CD Is Dead (AdvancePierre Foods Breach).

The demise of the CD has been long predicted.  After all, it’s a nearly 40-year technology, ancient by any technological standards.  However, I was one of those people who didn’t quite believe that it was dead.  Until today, that is, when I read of a data breach that, for me, marks the beginning of the […] read more