WD’s New ArmorLock Security Turns Data Safeguarding a No-Brainer

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Western Digital The ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD is the first storage device that uses WD’s all-new ArmorLock Security Platform.

If you want to carry a lot of data on the go, access them fast, and have the peace of mind on security — and who doesn’t? — you’ll be interested in what Western Digital announced today, the ArmorLock Security Platform.

An all-new solution for data protection

It’s a platform because it includes both hardware and software. According to WD, the latter is tied directly into hardware-backed modules and biometric protection of the former.

As a result, the user can use a mobile app to unlock the hardware without even touching it. In fact, WD says you won’t even need to know anything about security.

In other words, you can use a phone’s existing security method — be it the PIN code, facial recognition, or any other type of biometric — to unlock the protected hardware, via the ArmorLock app.

The first hardware in question is the ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD, which is a portable storage drive, also unveiled today.

The drive itself is a super-fast portable SSD that features USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) with a USB-C port. Housing an NVMe SSD on the inside, it can deliver copy speed of up to 1000 MB/s.

The support for ArmorLock Security does make the drive larger than other more traditional portable SSDs of the same performance-grade, like the Crucial X8.

Indeed, measuring 5.29 x 3 .21 x 0 .73 in (13 .4 x 8 .2 x 1. 9 mm), and weighing in at some 7.04 ounces (199.58 grams), the ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD is about the size of a deck of card. Or more than twice the physical size of its not-so-secure competitor.

In return, according to WD, the new ArmorLock-enabled portable drive has a lot to offer. Its useful and unique features include:

  • Simple to set up and easy unlock.
  • 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption.
  • One-step secure erase and reformat.
  • Last known location tracking.
  • In-field firmware updates.
  • Ultra-rugged durability with IP67 dust and water resistance. Rugged enough to withstand up to 9.8 feet (3 m) drops and up to 1000 pounds (450 kg) of crush resistance.
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Western Digital The ArmorLock Security Platform include the ArmorLock mobile app and a device with hardware-backed security modules.

Pricing and availablity

The ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD is available in a single capacity of 2 TB. It carries the suggested retail price of $599 in the U.S., and you can purchase it today. The ArmorLock app is also available for free. Currently, it’s only available to only macOS (10 .13 and later) and iOS (13.2 and later). The portable drive will work on all the usual platforms, however.

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