Super Talent has come up with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 thumb drive the company claims is fast, secure, and malware resistant. The new USB 3.0 DataGuardian is fast because, well, it's built to take advantage of USB 3.0; it's secure because it requires a password to access data stored on the device; and it's supposedly impervious to all (not some) auto-run malware attacks.
There's no software to install when using the DataGuardian . An application stored in the drive's firmware launches automatically when you plug it in, at which point you enter in your password and enjoy unfettered access to your data. Once you yank the DataGuardian out of the USB port, the drive is once again secure.
On the performance side, Super Talent says the DataGuardian is capable of up to 85MB/s read and up to 40MB/s write speeds via USB 3.0. If you pop it into a USB 2.0 port, it will shuttle files back and forth at up to 37MB/s (read) and up to 27MB/s (write).
The DataGuardian will begin shipping on October 17, 2011. It will cost $24 for the 8GB version, with 16GB and 32GB capacities also available.
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