Thursday, 28 August 2008

(Special Report) - Earlier this month, LaCie revealed another one of its SAFE desktop hard drives with biometric fingerprint reader (scan to get access), internal drive lock (lock the drive inside the case), secure password protection (only authorized users can lock or unlock the drive) and external chain lock (securely and physically lock the drive in place). To an average user, this much security is a little too much. Even though majority of us have critical financial and other personal information that we would like to prevent others from accessing, the internal and external chain locks are a bit too extreme. After all, what are the chances of someone breaking in and snatching away with the hard drive out of other potentially valuable items that the perpetrator could instead get a hold of? Not to mention, the person would have to be technically savvy to be able to get access to our confidential data, which some of us would password protect to begin with. Come to think of it, the chances are so minute, they are nonexistent.

LaCie, however, believes in the there’s no such thing as too much security mantra with its SAFE drive series. We can’t say we totally disagree with the company’s intentions (which are well put), especially for companies that deal with intellectual property, but are they really necessary for end-users? Most certainly not.

According to LaCie, its target market for the SAFE drive series generally includes industries that need to protect their customer’s data. These include medical, banking and other such industries. We can’t say we disagree with LaCie on this one.

Apparently a number of desktop and notebook hard drives are equipped with chain locks, which we were completely oblivious to. If we really wanted to chain the drive, we are certain it would be possible by inserting a small chain in one of the available loops, but if the drives really do come with these locks, it’s interesting how none of the other hard drive companies have marketed this feature.

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