USB storage with fingerprint readers

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USB storage with fingerprint readers

#1 Post by webfork » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:39 pm

One of the ongoing problems with portable USB storage is security: it's difficult to wipe all data securely, hardware encryption is rarely simple, and running a program to do software encryption invites its own issues.

I'd seen one a few years ago, but this one hit a reasonable price point and supports multiple fingerprints. It's sadly Windows-only but a step in the right direction.

https://www.amazon.com/Lexar-LJDF35-128 ... way&sr=8-5
https://www.costco.com/Lexar-JumpDrive- ... 82567.html

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Re: USB storage with fingerprint readers

#2 Post by Midas » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:36 am

Really interesting, especially if it turns platform independent and can ventually be integrated with security protocols such as FIDO2 (for a quick explainer, see https://www.yubico.com/solutions/fido2/; for Android devices, see also www.xda-developers.com /android-fido2-certified-passwordless-access/).

OTOH, although better than passwords, biometrics is not without its flaws...

blog.ipswitch.com/3-reasons-biometrics-are-not-secure

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Re: USB storage with fingerprint readers

#3 Post by bitcoin » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:35 am

cheaper than i would have expected at only $50

makes a lot of sense too for keeping data secure since a USB key is a lot easier to steal than say a laptop

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Re: USB storage with fingerprint readers

#4 Post by webfork » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:25 am

bitcoin wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:35 am
cheaper than i would have expected at only $50
Agreed and it's likely to continue to drop in price now that they're reaching a wide audience.
bitcoin wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:35 am
makes a lot of sense too for keeping data secure since a USB key is a lot easier to steal than say a laptop
I'm not sure yet as I don't know the details of their internal hardware, or if this has been audited in any way. Integration with other protocols as Midas suggested could help with that. Still, there's one use case where it's 100% secure: if you can easily discard your data, no one's going to decrypt it.
Yikes.

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