If you keep close watch over your digital belongings like we do, security is an utmost concern for external storage devices. Now you can keep your valuables under lock-and-key with Satechi's LockDown -- a SATA HDD enclosure that guards data via an encrypted 256 bit protection and allows lightning fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds. Utilizing a touch keypad on an OLED display, the device is only accessible through a 4 to 8 digit passcode -- even if it's connected to a PC or another device. This gives you the ability to keep "your backup data as secure as the data on your personal computer." Pretty sweet, right? The LockDown plays nice with both Mac and PC and is shipping now for $90. Hit that PR link just past the break if you're looking to lock down those precious research papers... see what we did there?
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Satechi Introduces LockDown, USB 3.0 Super-Speed Password Protected SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
256bit Encryption Algorithm Security System

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Satechi, innovative designer and manufacturer of consumer electronics accessories, is excited to introduce the LockDown, portable external SATA Hard Drive Enclosure that not only keeps your data securely with a encrypted 256 bit hardware password protection but also provides Super-Speed data transfer through USB 3.0.

Satechi Lockdown Personal Security System offers powerful hardware encryption in a compact, portable design. With easy-to-use capacitance touch keypad and OLED screen, the Lockdown is only accessible using a 4-8 digit password. With no software to install, easy setup and real-time Hardware encryption, the Lockdown is the best way to protect your data at your office, at home or on the go.

Lockdown supports perfect encryption and data security via World Top Class Security AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 256 bit algorithm. Through the encrypted HDD of LockDown, it is impossible to read or decode any data on the HDD even though it is connected with other PC systems or devices. LockDown supports 4-8 digit password offering over 100 million different password combinations.

"Quite simply, Satechi LockDown is the ultimate portable hard drive and secure storage system," said Joseph McRea, Satechi Product Manager. "It is a brilliantly executed solution to the problem of keeping your backup data as secure as the data on your personal computer."

LockDown is both Mac and PC compatible, and comes in a sleek black finish. It is backed by a one-year limited warranty and available for $89.99 at Amazon.com and Satechi.net.