- Editor's Rating
- Extremely simple to use
- Works with hard drives, SSDs, DVDs, etc
- Can daisy-chain for added security
- Must be kept physically separated from encrypted data
At $30, the CipherUSB is a unquestioned recommendation for anyone worried about keeping their sensitive data safe.
The Addonics CipherUSB is a great device for users looking to encrypt their external storage devices. Packaged like a USB memory key, DesktopReview found the device to be simple and transparent with a quick-and-easy, one-time set-up procedure. Priced at $30 at the time of the review, DR recommended the device for anyone worried about keeping their sensitive data safe.
The Addonics CipherUSB has a USB plug on one end and a jack on the other. It has no drivers, batteries or ongoing interaction. To set up the CipherUSB, users must plug the jack into a PC or laptop and plug the storage device into the CipherUSB. The procedure involves using Password Utility, which is available for both Windows and OS X, to create a password of up to 32 case-sensitive characters.
In operation, users plug the CipherUSB into a PC or laptop and the storage device into the CipherUSB then enter the password to access the data stored on the target drive. Everything on the target drive is encrypted based on 256-bit AES. Additionally, multiple CipherUSBs can be attached end-to-end for additional security. Users can share the CipherUSB among multiple computers and storage devices. DR noted that users should not store the CipherUSB and target drive together, but rather keep them physically separate. If the CipherUSB is lost, users can replace it, program it with the old password and restore access to data stored on the target device.
In the end, DR recommended users to “get one” and commented “there’s a very good chance your initial purchase won’t be the last.”