Aegis Bio - USB 3.0

Aegis Bio - USB 3.0

Biometric USB 3.0 Hard Drive with 256-bit AES-XTS Hardware Encryption

Quick Overview

  • Access the drive with a swipe of your finger

  • On-The-Fly 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption

  • No Software required to setup or access data

  • No Admin rights needed

  • Integrated USB 3.0 cable

  • Supports 5 unique fingerprints

  • Works on any OS – PC, Mac or Linux

  • Simple setup – complete in a few minutes

  • Immune to BadUSB exploit;
    USB Controller locked / not field-updatable.

  • Designed and Assembled in the U.S.A.
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When security matters, trust your data to the Aegis Bio 3.0
Designed for those that demand the highest level of protection for their data, the Aegis Bio 3.0 fuses leading edge technology in biometric authentication and encryption with a rugged, super fast USB 3.0 drive to produce a truly remarkable drive.
Aegis Bio 3.0
The Aegis Bio 3.0 is a biometrically secure USB 3.0 portable hard drive with on-the-fly AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption. With secure fingerprint access you can unlock the drive with just the swipe of your finger. The Bio’s software free design works on any operating system, including PC, Mac or Linux. And with USB 3.0 data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps you can now access your data up to 10 X faster than USB 2.0

Utilizes Military Grade FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm
On-the-fly 256-bit AES-XTS encryption seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive, protecting the drive even if it is removed from it’s casing.

Biometric Fingerprint Access
Once registered, just swipe your finger on the sensor for access to your files. Up to five fingerprint profiles can be stored and can be accessed without software on the host system.

The Aegis Bio’s unique Embedded Enrollment keeps all fingerprint enrollment and authentication within the Aegis Bio circuitry, independent of the host system. While other biometric drives use a CD emulation module or software on the host system for fingerprint enrollment, the Aegis Bio requires no software, enabling it to be used on any USB host regardless of OS.

The fingerprint sensor uses an Advanced live layer imaging technology to provide the most accurate fingerprint image possible, using a patented dual-plate active pixel design, superior to competitors that use only a single passive pixel design. The sensor uses three different sensing methods that penetrate outer layers of skin to read live layers under the skin (Anti-spoofing protection), meeting the stringent image quality requirements of NIST and the FBI, something that no other silicon fingerprint sensor has achieved.

Never forget your passwords again
Replacing passwords with fingerprint biometrics improves security since passwords can be lost or stolen, and users enjoy freedom from memorizing passwords.

Software Free Design – With no admin rights to contend with the Aegis Bio is a breeze to implement
With no software installation required for setup or operation and the ability to run on any platform, the Aegis Bio 3.0 provides stress free deployment in corporate environments. Users are able to use the Aegis Bio on any USB host making it ideal for those that use multiple devices and platforms.

Super fast USB 3.0 Connection – Data transfer speeds up to 10X faster than USB 2.0
With a super speed USB 3.0 interface, you can now access your files faster than ever before. The Aegis Bio 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports.

Cross Platform Compatible
Due to its software free design, the Aegis Bio will work on any operating system, PC, Mac or Linux

Compact, Rugged Design – Perfect for taking your data on the road
The Aegis Bio’s bus powered design is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Perfectly pocketable, the Aegis Bio’s compact, robust design protects the drive from drops and knocks. The convenient integrated USB 3.0 cable eliminates the need to carry around cords with you and allows you to be connected at the flick of a fingertip.

Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 - up to 5 Gbps
Power Supply 100% Bus Powered
Buffersize 8MB
Interface Super Speed USB 3.0 (Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1)
RPM 5400
Average seek time 12 ms
Shock - non operating 1000G 1ms
Shock - operating 300G 2ms
Dimensions 19mm X 84.5mm X 120mm (0.75” X 3.3” X 4.7”) Weight: 6.2oz.
Warranty 3 year limited
Approvals FCC & CE
System Requirements Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux Requires USB port
Comments One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.
  1. Easiest Setup I've Found Review by Mike

    I've been working with Encrypted HD's for 7 years now, and FIPS Complient one's for 4. This is the easiest biometrec I've setup so far. 5 total users hasent been a limitation thus far and I'm very happy with it. (Posted on 3/6/13)

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Is there any other way to access the drive without using the fingerprint scanner?

No. Until the scanner authenticates the user’s fingerprint, the drive will not even be visible to the operating system.

How many fingerprints should be enrolled?

The minimum recommendation would be to enroll 3 fingerprints. There is a maximum of 5 fingerprints; however you may want to reserve 1 or 2 for future use. Once all 5 spots are taken, the only method of removing fingerprints is to re-set the drive, which will erase all stored fingerprints and data on the drive.

Will the Aegis Bio’s fingerprint reader interfere with the fingerprint reader that is built into my laptop.

No. The circuitry for the Aegis Bio’s fingerprint reader is securely isolated from any communications that might come from your computer or any other source.

Why doesn’t my Aegis Padlock 3.0, Aegis Padlock DT or Aegis Bio 3.0 work with my computer’s USB 3.0 port?

A very small percentage of computer manufacturers incorporate an ASMedia 1042 or 1043 USB 3.0 Host Bus Controller. Revision 1 thru 4 of this ASMedia chipset does not adhere to the USB 3.0 standard and is not compatible with Apricorn USB 3.0 products. If your computer was manufactured with one of these chipsets, you will only be able to use your Apricorn product on a USB 2.0 port. For troubleshooting purposes you can view the manufacturer of your USB 3.0 chipset by viewing the properties of your USB 3.0 controller in the computer's Device Manager, unfortunately the revision of the chipset is not displayed.

What are the ECCN and HST codes used for shipping this device outside the US?

ECCN: 5A992A and HTS code 8473.50.3000

Why does my drive automatically lock after 7-15 minutes?

Starting with Windows 8 and OSX for the Mac, there is a power setting that will attempt to put all drives to sleep to save power.



For the Mac

Open Energy Saver settings (Applications -> System Preferences -> Energy Saver) and uncheck the option “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”.

Mac settings



For Windows 8.0

From the start screen, type “edit power” and choose to edit plan settings. Select the “Change advanced power setting”. Expand the Hard Disk setting and change the setting ("Never" is a good option if the computer does not operate on battery power).

Windows 8.0 settings

Also Expand the USB setting and change the USB selective suspend setting and change it to “disable”.

Windows 8.0 USB settings



For Windows 8.1

There is a known bug in 8.1 where the above settings will not make the desired change. Microsoft has recently competed a fix to resolve this problem that can be found here.

Microsoft suggested fixes

Q. What is BadUSB and are Apricorn devices susceptible to this exploit?

A. BadUSB is a theoretical exploit that was presented by SR Labs at the Black Hat conference in August of 2014. SR Labs demonstrated a vulnerability in one USB device that allowed malicious code to be programmed into the USB controller through a firmware update process. The attack described is very sophisticated and in the case of Apricorn’s products would require advanced knowledge of our USB controller, a leaked version of our firmware, the programming tool to update our controller, the password used for our programming tool, and an in depth understanding of the device’s functionality, etc. According to SR Labs, the failsafe method to eliminate this threat is to simply disable the ability to update the controller’s firmware. Many of Apricorn’s devices shipping today, including all of our USB 3.0 security products, Padlock and Padlock Pro families already have the firmware locked which prevents field updates to the USB controller. As a continuous improvement, Apricorn is locking down the firmware on all USB controllers used in Apricorn devices to safeguard against this vulnerability. We recommend checking our website periodically for notices regarding BadUSB and Security Updates.
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Apricorn's Aegis Bio 3.0 Receives PC Magazine's Excellent Rating

Feb 28, 2013 | Joel Santo Domingo | Publication: PC Magazine
PC Magazine reviews Aegis Bio 3.0

The Apricorn Aegis Bio 3.0 ($249 list) gives you secure 256-bit AES encryption in a package that fits in a pocket. It gives you a more personal level of control than a keypad-equipped secure hard drive, yet is still easy to use. If you're paranoid about letting your data fall in the wrong hands, or if you need to use biometrics due to company (or government) requirements, then the Aegis Bio 3.0 is a good choice for secure portable storage.

The Aegis Bio 3.0 is a biometric drive for a very specialized (or very paranoid) user. If you need to do real cloak and dagger stuff, or if your company mandates that you need reliable biometric security, then the Aegis Bio 3.0 is the drive you want.

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Apricorn's Aegis Bio makes securing your data finger-swipe simple

Apr 16, 2012 | Jon L. Jacobi | Publication: PC World
PC World - Aegis Bio 3.0

When properly implemented, as Apricorn has done with its Aegis Bio 1TB USB hard drive, biometric finger scanning is the quickest way to unlock secure storage. There's no messing around with a keypad, and it's far quicker than waiting for a software app to launch so you can then enter a pass code. Just a simple swipe and you're in. And since this method is operating system and device agnostic, you can use it with any device that has a USB port and understands storage.

The Aegis Bio sports a USB 3.0, an integrated cable, and a ruggedized and sealed enclosure. Apricorn also includes a USB extension cable and a soft case for the unit to keep the finger-scanner safe and the unit looking pristine. Three small lights—red, green, and blue—on top of the unit blink or glow solid to denote the status of the Aegis Bio: locked, ready for fingerprint enrollment, unlocked, and so on.

In Conclusion

The Aegis Bio is a good overall performer and swiping a finger is far less of a pain than entering codes on a keypad, or waiting for software to boot so you can enter a password. It's pricier than a plain drive of course, but if there are things you want hidden from prying eyes, the Aegis Bio is by far one of the most convenient ways to do it.

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Aegis Bio 3.0 hard drive ideal for security conscious users

Apr 18, 2013 | Jeff Stanstoe | Publication: Macworld
Macworld - Aegis Bio 3.0

Apricorn’s Aegis Bio 3.0 pairs solid performance with enhanced security features to create a nice, all-around external hard drive. The Aegis Bio harnesses biometrics to make sure you (and only you) have access to your data.

The pocket-sized hard drive comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner than helps alleviates any worries of unapproved access to the drive. Fingerprint access might sound like a bit of a novelty, but from a security standpoint it actually makes sense; passwords can be cracked—fingerprints, not so much.

Bottom Line

The Aegis Bio really shines in the extra security and protection it provides for you and your data. The Aegis Bio is meant for users who want to make sure that their files remain secure, and are willing to pay for it.

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