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Articles tagged with: cryptic

Visa And Square Partner Up To Buff Up Security

Since Visa’s investment with the mobile payment company, Square, we see that the two have announced a new version of the Square dongle that adds encryption and enhances security. Square has received much criticism in the past from Verifone, claiming that Square’s system is insecure and outdated.

Although Square has denied these allegations (who wouldn’t deny such allegations?), the company has introduced a new version of the Square reader that employs encryption, hinting that perhaps they did agree that security needed to be enhanced. Of course all this comes after Sony’s PlayStation Network gets hacked, is down for seven days, and has personal information of 70 million members stolen.

Kingston’s Ultra Secure DataTraveler 4000-M Managed

Kingston has been known to be one of the best memory modules out in the market. Although they do not offer the cheapest prices, they offer quality that lasts a lifetime and I always choose Kingston whenever I have the opportunity. Kingston is well known for making both computer memory and USB drives (also called thumb drives). The company is now responsible for making government-level USB keys that are tailored for business professionals who could not risk their sensitive computer data being lost.

With the high security offered by BlockMaster, the ultra secure thumb drive is called the DataTraveler 4000-M Managed. The “Managed” refers to a “fully managed version of the company’s DataTraveler 4000 product.”

Toshiba’s New Self-Encrypting Hard Drives (They Erase Themselves!)

Toshiba has unveiled today its family of self-encrypting hard disk drives that can erase data when connected to an unkown host. The new Toshiba Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) allow manufacturers to configure different data invalidation options to allow for consumers increased options for data security. The SED hard drives will be in a 2.5-inch form factor and run at 7,200 rotations per minute. The drives are built for PCs, copiers, and multi-function printers, as well as POS (point of sale) systems that are commonly used in government and medical sectors.