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According to Lexar, its new JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS thumbdrive is the world's first smart card-based FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated flash drive. FIPS 140-2 is the U.S. government standard for computer security used to accredit cryptographic hardware and software

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Apart from the built-in data protection, the drive is housed in a rugged rubber case that exceeds military waterproof standards and is capable of protecting the drive from shocks.

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The JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS looks like other thumbdrives, though it is a little heavier because of its thick metal casing.

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The drive comes built-in with encryption software that works both with Macs and PCs. At first run, the software will prompt you to create a password, after that you will type in this password each time you want to access the data stored on the drive.

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You can change the password as well as other settings of the drive at any given time.

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