Featuring a sleek all-metal solid-aluminum alloy construction, the Crypteks USB storage is physically locked inside its housing encrypted with a user-created password that is input by twisting five rings displaying all 26 letters of the alphabet. There is a clear resemblance between the cryptex device featured in The Da Vinci Code and the Crypteks flash drive’s locking mechanism – hence the name. And if that’s still not secure enough, it also offers 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption. Its aluminum housing features five twisting rings with letters of the alphabet which need to be set in the right combination in order to remove the stick from inside.
After removing the USB stick, you can also remove all the outer rings and then place them back with a new code set accordingly between the couple of red dots. The outer pass-code is user customizable and is easy to change. The device offers some 14,348,907 possible combinations and if you happen to forget your password, the Crypteks can be sent back to its maker to have the code reset. Security aside, the durable solid-aluminum design also features anodized layer that helps to deal with fingerprints and dust, as well as a retractable USB tip.
Its dimensions are 3.1 x 1.1 in (7.8 x 2.7 cm). Offered in 4, 8 and 16 GB capacities, the Crypteks supports USB 2.0 and offers 24 MB/s read and 10 MB/s write speeds. Initially, two versions can be purchased, the 8 GB for the price of US$130, or 16 GB for US$160.