SanDisk makes a breakthrough in the USB flash storage market at CES by introducing built-in password-protected encryption software known as SecureAccess and a free online backup service for all new USB storage drives made from SanDisk from this point forward. Representatives from SanDisk said they are the first major company to incorporate both of these features across the entire USB drive lineup.
Password-protection for files on the drive will automatically be secured within the 128-bit SecureAccess AES encryption, allowing for protection of all data in the event of the drive being lost or stolen.
Users can also partition off certain files and encrypt them separately when sharing the drive with someone with this software.
The online backup feature is available from Dmailer at no cost, at a maximum of 2 GB of storage.
Along with this news, SanDisk introduced two new USB flash drives: the SanDisk Ultra USB drive and the SanDisk Cruzer Edge USB drive.
The SanDisk Ultra USB performance drive offers a fast transfer speed of 15 megabytes per second from the host location to the USB drive. It is available in 8 GB to 32 GB storage capacities. This drive comes with a five-year limited warranty.
The SanDisk Cruzer Edge USB entry-level drive has a “compact slider” design meaning the USB plug-in for the drive slides back and forth for added protection while being carried around. It comes in 2 GB to 16 GB storage capacities and a two year limited warranty is available.
Both of these new USB drives come with the encryption software and the online backup feature.
Prices for the SanDisk Ultra USB flash drive ranges from $44.99 to $109.99, and the SanDisk Cruzer Edge ranges in price from $12.99 to $79.99.