La­cie Rugged Se­cure

EASY TO SET UP, BUT SE­CURE FUNC­TION­AL­ITY IS OF DU­BI­OUS VALUE

PC & Tech Authority - - CONTENTS - ANTHONY AGIUS

La­Cie’s Rugged line of ex­ter­nal hard drives have long been the go-to for any­one that plans on mis­treat­ing their stor­age. The new Rugged Se­cure vari­ant adds an ex­tra layer of se­cu­rity to en­sure your pre­cious data is safe not just from phys­i­cal dam­age, but unau­tho­rised ac­cess too.

At its core, the Rugged Se­cure is sim­ply a USB-C 2TB ex­ter­nal hard drive like any other, but wrapped in a re­mov­able bright orange rub­ber cover, in a tough alu­minium case that is rain re­sis­tant, drop re­sis­tant up to 1.2m and can with­stand a 1-ton car driv­ing over it. La­Cie even throws in free data re­cov­ery for 2 years with the Rugged line of drives. That’s how con dent they are in the tough­ness of their ex­ter­nal drive.

The Se­cure part of the prod­uct name comes from the in­cluded La­Cie Tool­kit app. Setup is very easy, with La­Cie’s wiz­ard guid­ing you through en­crypt­ing the con­tents of the hard drive. Once en­crypted, ev­ery time you plug the drive in to your com­puter, La­Cie Tool­kit will pop up and ask for the en­cryp­tion pass­word to un­lock your data.

If you plug the drive in to a com­puter with­out La­Cie’s soft­ware in­stalled, all that you can see on the drive are three les - Mac and Win­dows ex­e­cuta­bles and a readme HTML le that ex­plains what to do with them. In­stalling the “Un­lock Drive for Mac” or “Un­lock Drive for Win­dows” soft­ware does what it says on the tin, al­lows you to en­ter the en­crypted drive’s pass­word and view the data stored within.

Whilst it’s nice La­cie has this soft­ware avail­able, you can achieve the same out­come with any ex­ter­nal hard drive us­ing free and open source drive en­cryp­tion soft­ware like Ver­aCrypt or Mi­crosoft’s BitLocker (if you’ve got Win­dows 10 Pro­fes­sional or En­ter­prise). With that in mind, pay­ing ex­tra for the Rugged Se­cure over the reg­u­lar Rugged drive is sim­ply a waste of money.

KEY SPECS

2TB 2.5-inch HDD • AES-256 hard­ware en­cryp­tion • USB-C con­nec­tor • 1.2m drop re­sis­tance • 1-ton crush re­sis­tance • wa­ter re­sis­tant • 2-year war­ranty with 2-year data res­cue ser­vice plan

$209 • www.la­cie.com.au

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