For those of you who feel that you simply don’t feel like a secret agent quite enough in your day-to-day life, I stumbled upon an article on Gizmodo on self-destructing SSDs. For those of you who might not know (and yes, some readers might not know; my mother reads this site… from time to time…. OK, when I specifically ask her to), SSD stands for “solid state drive“, and they are, and have been for quite some time, heralded as poised to finally do away with your clunky, overheating mechanical hard drive. This is old news to most, and the benefits of switching to SSDs, especially for gaming, have been discussed at length by others. But now there is one more reason to switch over and make yourself feel that little bit more futuristic and badass.
The idea is this, the drives are equipped with a GSM, allowing you to text a (super secret) password to the drive itself on the off-chance it goes walkabout, and you suspect nefarious forces at work. This self-destruct code does not simply instruct your drive to wipe itself clean… No, no, no. it has something more permanent, not to mention infinitely-cooler-sounding, in mind; the drive actually mechanically self-destructs (am I the only one slightly amused by the irony of lauding a mechanical self-destruct for a drive praised for eliminating mechanical parts in storage media?), with built-in mechanisms that physically destroy the flash memory chips, thus leaving your forays into saucy photography and that novel you’ve been working on for years completely unrecoverable and free from prying eyes.
As Gizmodo point out, there are a number of other handy, though slightly less attention-grabbing features;
But the drives include other failsafes for protecting your data if you’re not able to send the self-destruct text, or don’t realize the drive has gone missing. The SecureDrives SSDs can also be programmed to automatically self-destruct when disconnected from a SATAII connector, when the battery is low and someone is trying to circumvent the fail-safe mechanisms, when it’s been shielded from a GSM signal for a set period of time, and even after a pre-determined series of finger taps detected through a motion sensor. And all of that works on top of 256-bit AES CBC hardware encryption protecting the actual data.
And, to top it all off, the makers kindly remind you that this might help you with the onerous task of complying with that all pesky EU Data Protection Legislation:
Finally, I’ll leave you with the future of your electronic storage devices (glad to see real life is finally catching up with TV shows from 1966):