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Disaster Readiness – Keeping your Important
Documents Safe and Readily Available
with an Encrypted Drive
- Mike Berman
Shouldn’t we all be taking stock of our Disaster Readiness Plans? Sure, we all know the importance of keeping our most important documents, such as birth certificates and Social Security Cards safe. Whether than be in a fireproof safe in the floor of your home or in a safety deposit box off site. But shouldn’t we also consider keeping an electronic version of these as well? When an emergency strikes we often don’t have much time or space to take our most important belongings with us. In these cases, picking a small drive with an electronic version of our most important documents is much easier than trying to pull files and folders from filing cabinets or safes. And these documents are easily accessible, an important thing to consider especially when returning to your home quickly may not be an option. What drive you use is just as important as what you put on it.
Most notebooks and netbooks come with a hard drive that is simply too small. With our digital packrat mentality, let’s face it that 250 GB or 320 GB just does not cut it anymore. Clearly there is a need for storage expansion, however, there is always a danger of taking sensitive information onto a portable platform. Filling the need for such a device is the Aegis Padlock which offers increased hard drive space, and password level protection of the contents.
- John Breeden
The Aegis Padlock resembles those padlocks from my cartoon days. It’s a solidly built rectangle that is 3.3 inches by 4.7 inches. It’s 0.75 inches thick and weighs 6.7 ounces. The front of the Padlock features a number pad. The bottom two nonnumber buttons on the pad are a Cancel button and an open lock symbol, which serves as the Enter key for the device. Each button lives on its own rubberized island, so the keys are not mashed together. You won’t accidentally hit a 6 when you mean to punch 5, no matter how large your fingers are.