Buffalo Technology's external hard drives may include SecureLockWare hardware encryption: SecureLockManager Easy or SecureLockMobile. Both run on Windows.
SecureLockManager Easy sets, or changes, a hardware encryption password for your external hard drive. The software can also manually connect or disconnect the drive. Once disconnected, the drive is locked. On a designated secure and trusted computer it's also possible to mount the encrypted drive automatically by activating that option and saving the password credentials in settings. Important: if you lose your password all data is lost. However, you can make the drive itself usable again by re-formatting it.
All our hardware encrypted drives are using 256 bit AES encryption.
SecureLockMobile with 256bit AES
Encrypting the whole drive with SecureLockManager Easy might have its uses; however, this is not always desired. With SecureLockMobile you can keep encrypted and unencrypted data on the same drive by creating one or more encrypted data containers on your hard drive. Files are password protected once moved into an encrypted container.
Important: remember to always keep a backup and make sure that the only files you wish to protect are in the encrypted container(s).
When you create a container file you can choose between 128 and 256 bit encryption (default value is 256 bit). The difference: 128 bit encryption could theoretically be cracked in a billion years; and 256 bit would take even longer -- using a super computer! So far AES has never been broken and governments and businesses place a great deal of faith that it never will be.