Stay supersecure with Swiss Army Knife USB drive

Victorinox releases a new Swiss Army Knife USB drive that's designed to be the most secure portable storage device on the market.

The Victorinox Secure Pro. Victorinox

The idea of combining a USB drive with a Swiss Army Knife-like tool has been around for a while, inspiring the Cyber Snipa Dog Tag back in 2006. Now we have a USB drive that combines Victorinox Swiss Army authenticity and top security.

Victorinox, the company behind the famed Swiss Army Knife, launched on Friday a new memory stick called Victorinox Secure Pro, which it includes as one of the tools within the Knife itself. According to the company, the device is the most secure of its kind that is available to the public.

To achieve this level of safety, the memory stick uses multiple layers of security including fingerprint identification and a thermal sensor. This means that the finger alone, when detached from the body, will still not give access to the memory stick's contents.

Apart from those measures, according to Victorinox, it made the Secure Pro tamper-proof. Any attempt to forcibly open it triggers a self-destruct mechanism that irrevocably burns the drive's CPU and memory chip.

Victorinox is so confident of its new product's top security standards that it offered a $150,000 prize to professional hackers if they could break into it within 2 hours of the launch event.

The money was not collected.

The Victorinox Secure Pro can hold up to 32GB of data and features AES256 data encryption. The device also incorporates an integrated Single Chip Technology, making it impossible to crack the hardware.

As a portable toolbox, its features includes:

  • Removable USB flash drive
  • Biometric fingerprint recognition technology
  • LED mini white light
  • Retractable ball point pen
  • Blade, scissors, nail file, and screwdriver
  • Key ring

The Victorinox Secure Pro is available in three capacities, ranging from 8GB to 32GB, and is estimated to cost between $75 and $270.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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