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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

An Alternative To Deleting Data? The Rfiddler Looks Cool, Sounds Cool, Perhaps Can Do The Job

You know, there's zapping data and then there's zapping data.  I've often noted how disk encryption software can be used to securely toss used hard drives (as opposed to destroying the drives or degaussing them), but encryption is not exactly fun, is it?

Hence, I present you with the rfiddler, a RFID frying gun that's strong enough to take out data on USB drives.  And, fry your retinas as well, is the claim, so perhaps a little discretion is advised when using it?

Of course, from the embedded video at both of the links down below, it's appears to me that this is perhaps not quite powerful enough to zap disk drives, unless you're able to get to the platens directly (at which point, why even bother with this bona fide ray gun?  Because it's cool, that's why.  Well, until one of your retinas are cooked). (Note: most people so far recommend pointing this thing away from your computers.)

Relying on the above to dispose of your data--even if it were strong enough--means your data is still at risk while you're using a particular device, though.  Remember, the use of encryption software means that your data is protected even as you access the data for your everyday work and other needs.

Whereas, a data destruction device is only useful once you're ready to retire a device or the actual data itself.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://gizmodo.com/5433018/rfiddler-rifle-zaps-usb-sticks-and-rfid-chips-into-oblivion
http://technabob.com/blog/2009/12/22/rfiddler-rfid-zapper-gun/

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.