iStorage datAshur SD Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review

Do you take a USB stick with you everywhere? Do you keep your Bitcoin or other Crytpo-Currency recovery phrases on it, or you may also want to carry other sensitive documents with you that you might not want others to access if you ever drop or lose your flash drive. Have you thought about encrypting the files on that drive yourself? What if you could encrypt those files at the hardware level and require a unique PIN to access those files on a USB flash drive? Well, there is a solution for you! The Storage datAshur SD-encrypted USB flash drive can help keep your secrets a secret, and it fits in your shirt pocket!


Hardware: PIN verified, hardware encryption
Couple: USB3.2 (Gen1) Superspeed Type-C
Data transfer rates: Read: 100 MB/s | Write: 95MB/ps
Battery: 3.7V Li-Ion Rechargeable
Dimensions: 87.2mm x 19.9mm x 13.5mm
Hardware data encryption: FIBS PUB 197 validated, AES-XTS/ECB/CBC 256-bit mode – user programmable
Certifications: FIPS 14-3 Level 3 compliant, IP68 certified
Guarantee: 3 years parts and labor
Operating Temperature:: 0C – 40C (0F – 104F)
Store temperature: -20C – 60C (-4F – 140F)
authentication: 8-64 digit PIN code


Even though the datAshur SD is a flash drive, it contains many security features for a home user and especially for those in a multi-user business environment.
Complies with FIPS 140-3 Level 3 – FIPS 140-2 is a minimum standard required for federal use, so the 140-3 is the next advancement built on top of that standard.
Robust, shock-resistant and pressure-resistant – The datShur SD is designed to withstand a 4m drop or being run over by a 2.7-ton vehicle. It is also IP68 accredited, meaning it will survive 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes.
Separate Admin and User PINs – An admin can create one Pin and allow their users individual Pins.
Ultra-fast – Rated up to 100MB/s read and 95MB/s write
Read-only mode – Administrators can create a read-only flash drive
Common Criteria EAL5+ certified – Dedicated hardware against certain attacks, True Random Number Generator, can detect physical intrusion or sabotage and more
Brute Force Protection
auto lock
Self destruction
Ability to be whitelisted or safelisted on networks

For more information about all the features and security features that the datAshur SD-encrypted USB flash drive has to offer, check out the iStorage datAshur SD product page.


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The packaging is great for the retail market. Lots of information on all sides of the box to help you understand the product and what it can do. The datAshur SD flash drive is nestled in a shapely insert next to the USB-C to USB-A adapter with a quick start guide underneath. Note that there is no included microSD card, and at the time of this review only the datAshur microSD cards will work with it, but they come in a variety of capacities.

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