From students to industry professionals and experts, we all use technological gadgets to help us in our day to day lives – and none other than the humble USB.

USB stands for “Universal Serial Bus” and is a portable, removable and rewritable data storage device which can serve many purposes in the business world and in our own personal lives. In comparison to previous storage devices including CDs and floppy disks, USBs are much more versatile as they are not prone to magnetic interference, surface scratches and are much faster, durable and reliable.

The application is widespread and I’m sure we’ve all used this small reliable device at some point in our professional careers and in our personal lives. However, with the rise in cloud connectivity and more business applications moving toward cloud-based services, the question now becomes;

“To USB or Not to USB?”

Internet Connection

The emergence of cloud services means you can now upload, download, view and edit your data on a multitude of devices whenever you have an Internet connection. This may sound like a huge advantage however, no internet, no access to your data. This is where the humble USB takes the upper hand. Wherever you are, with or without an internet connection all you need is computer and a USB port. Perfect for business travellers or at times of power outages.

 

Privacy & Security

Cloud services, at the minimum, require you set up a username and password that is used each time you log in to the service. Depending on your cloud storage provider, it may offer additional security features like two-step verification and data encryption to further protect your sensitive and valuable data.

A USB generally requires little to no setup before you can start using it but if you don't take additional steps to encrypt or protect the data, anyone who finds the device can access it. However, there are USB products on the market that add an extra layer of security, such as encryption, to further safeguard your data.

 

Pricing

After the initial cost of the USB, you own the device outright and there's no need to pay monthly fees to access your data. Cloud services may offer small amounts of storage at no cost, but most have monthly or annual fees that increase with the amount of storage space you require. Google Drive, for example, charges up to $50 a month for 1TB of storage space.

 

ClearCrypt – Industry Leading Encryption

In our ever-connected world, an encrypted USB device is not just an accessory but rather a necessity, and this is where ClearCrypt come into play.

ClearCrypt is a range of 256-bit Encrypted Storage Devices designed to be robust, secure and cost effective while offering industry leading encryption and a product range to suit all needs and requirements.

 

Privileged, confidential or sensitive data must be protected at all times from intentional or accidental loss. The ClearCrypt range of devices are designed to make this cost effective, flexible, easy to achieve and with speeds up to 5GB per second, they are 10x faster than the normal USB 2.0 drives.


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