This USB drive will self-destruct in 24 hours

Remember that British IT guy who left a flash drive with confidential info on millions of Brits on a train? That and like incidents happening every day could have all been avoided if he had one of these cool new self-destructing drives. There are things kind of like this already, but it’s more along the line of built-in encryption. I’ll have a review of this keypad-protected Lenovo in a couple days, but it’s not the same. You can’t order it to kill all the data on it in 24 hours.

This new Fujitsu offers a few security promises, most tempting being that timed data deletion. It also can be set to destroy the data if it’s plugged into a non-authorized computer. I’m not convinced by their “data redirection” thing that supposedly makes it impossible to copy the data from the drive. If you can read the information, it can be stored; any hacker could use a middle man to keep the information local, and of course there’s always Print Screen.

I’ll see what we can do about getting one of these babies and we’ll let you know how it works out.