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Apricorn launches biometric USB drive with AuthenTec fingerprint sensor


Apricorn has announced the launch of the Aegis Bio 3.0, a biometric USB drive that safeguards data with an AuthenTec fingerprint sensor and military grade 265-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption.

Available as either a hard drive or SSD, this device requires no special software to use. Everything you need is stored locally on the drive. Additionally, this drive is flexible in terms of where you want to access your files as it works independently of the host operating system, and requires no admin rights to plug and play.

The Aegis Bio 3.0 features an AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor for Hardware-based Biometric Authentication that meets the image requirements of both NIST and the FBI. It also features Real-time 256-bit AES-XTS Hardware Encryption, which renders data on the drive impenetrable if its removed from its enclosure.

The AuthenTec fingerprint sensor uses an advanced live layer imaging technology called HD3D, and a patented dual-plate active pixel design. The sensor uses three different sensing methods that penetrate the outer layers of the skin to read live layers under the skin.

“The Aegis Bio’s software free design and simple setup offer several advantages to virtually any security conscience organization,” Mike McCandless, VP of Sales and Marketing said. “With no passwords to remember or admin rights to contend with and an OS independent design, the Aegis Bio can be easily deployed into any existing security infrastructure. The Aegis Bio is completely scalable to any sized company, and with no software or updates, it is ideal for those that use multiple hosts and platforms.”

With support for up to five fingerprints, this drive keeps all fingerprint enrolment and authentication within the Aegis Bio circuitry, independent from the host system.

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