If it wasn’t James Bond’s suits, lifestyle or bevy of women, it was certainly his gadgets that were the envy of friends, foes and audiences alike, as along with his crisply-tailored Saville Row suits, he’d be decked to the nines with gadget after gadget, usually concealed as an everyday object. Indeed every super spy is imagined to have an arsenal of gadgets, from Rolexes with lasers to shark repellent underwear (well that just might be a Batman thing). Of course, one of the more famous gadgets from spy fiction are the self-destructing messages, often seen in the "Mission Impossible" films. Embodying the now iconic burn after reading, these self destructing messages were a quick and neat way to dispose of top secret information.
Of course, walking into a regular gadget or spy shop may yield some nifty toys and you can now add a self destructing flash drive or memory stick to the list as well.
A newly designed memory stick now provides users with one of a kind features, offering users to self destruct the flash drive via remote control as well as be tracked using GPS technology. The Security Guardian, manufactured by UK based security company ExactTrak Ltd, promises complete protection for users' data so much so that it provides a self destruct feature for users who don’t want their data falling into the wrong hands. The Security Guardian comes fully equipped with an encrypted memory chip as well as a SIM card, which allows it to be tracked via GPS and GSM triangulation.
And while the idea of a self-destruct feature may bring to mind short circuiting and puffs of smoke, the Security Guardian provides a number of different ways to secure information. Firstly, users are provided with their own accounts that can help them track their devices and if need be, with the help of special codes, block files or disable the device. Of course, if this is not enough, users can even ‘destroy’ the flash drive by sending a self-destruct command to the device, which can be delivered via remote control and even without an internet connection, in which a high voltage current melts the flash drive’s memory chip.
ExactTrak has said that almost 65 percent of all recorded data is lost because of laptop and memory sticks being lost. ExactTrak’s USB is currently being optioned by government and corporate clients and its services are being offered for around 25 pounds a month with EcaxtTrak saying, “Location monitoring and data security services can be delivered either via secure access to our monitoring platform, hosted on the Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform, or can be located within your organisation behind your own firewall.”