Review: SecureUSB BT Flash Drive for iPhone

I previously reviewed the SecureDrive from SecureData and found it to offer impressive security and high-speed SSD storage, but I also felt it was expensive. The folks at SecureData sent me their lower-cost USB flash drive model which starts at a much more affordable price. The SecureUSB BT (starting at $119) comes with less capacity, 16 GB, but the company offers 32 and 64 GB options. Sure, they are more expensive than traditional thumb drives but they have some serious security built-in.

The drives conform to federal standards, namely FIPS 140 and AES 256-bit encryption. Good luck trying to crack that. Plus they are waterproof to one meter and a layer of epoxy is placed over the electronics which, should make tampering difficult. The data is only accessible when you open the free companion app and then you can authenticate via Face ID or Touch ID. This is known as MFA (multi-factor authentication or two factor authentication); you need not only a password, but also a trusted paired device. It works well, and you can use the same app to unlock multiple SecureData devices. 

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SecureUSB

The storage size of the thumb drives is small, but I would not recommend using these drives in a traditional manner. Keep videos, music, and other large files on regular drives or in the cloud. Use the thumb drive for confidential intellectual property like software source code, financial spreadsheets, contracts,presentations. and related documents.

SecureUSB

Pros

  • Highly secure USB drive
  • Conforms to FIPS 140, AES 256-bit encryption
  • MFA via Face ID or Touch ID
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB options
  • Easy-to-use companion app

Cons

  • Storage capcity is small

Final Verdict

The SecureUSB BT from SecureData is an affordable, app-friendly way to achieve high security for important documents.

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Author Details

Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.