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

Jon L. Jacobi | April 17, 2013
This 1TB USB hard drive secures your data with an onboard biometric finger scanner.

The disk-based Aegis Bio is available in three capacities: 500GB ($199), 750GB ($219), and the 1TB unit I reviewed ($249). There are also three SSD models available, which deliver a much higher shock resistance, but they're not cheap: The 128GB model sells for $329, the 256GB model costs $529, and the 512GB drive goes for $699. Shop around, as we found the 1TB drive discounted at several online stores.

While the Aegis Bios 3.0 utilizes 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption (on the mainboard, not the drive) it is not FIPS 140-2 certified (FIPS 140-2 is the U.S. Government's Federal Information Processing Standard used to accredit cryptographic modules). Apricorn informed me that the Aegis Bio is not currently on its list of products awaiting certification. This shouldn't bother most end users, but if you're purchasing requirements need certification, you might want to look to Apricorn's keypad model, which the company told me is awaiting certification.

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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