Smartphone-controlled SSD firm launches its Kickstarter campaign

SoSecure's drives have proximity alerts that tell users when theyve been moved

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The SoSecure drive has two physical interfaces: SuperSpeed Micro USB3.0 for connecting directly to the computer; and, SATA II , which allows the SSD to be installed in a computer.

When the SSD is installed in a desktop or laptop, a "Stay Alive" feature stops the drive from locking if the computer moves into a phase of inactivity or sleep. The "Stay Alive" lasts for 10 hours after which, if a user needs more time, it can be reactivated again for another 10 hours. The time remaining is displayed above the button and on the main menu bar of your phone.

The SoSecure SSD app monitors the drive and allows a user to remotely lock it or wipe it clean of data.

"We've been working for more than a year to develop the drive and apps. Like all technology products, moving into production requires funding to purchase the initial components and that's where we need help from the Kickstarter community," James Little, founder of SoSecure, said in a video demonstrating the SSDs.

The Kickstarter project is hoping to garner about $220,000 over the next 35 days.

The SoSecure SSD allows users to control access to the data from an Android or iOS app. The app can also monitor an accelerometer in the drive to alert owners that it has been moved and a geo-fence feature to alert them if it has been moved away from their smartphones. The drive also comes with a docking station for automatic backups.

The SoSecure smartphone app also has a proximity alert function that monitors the location of the drive and alerts a user if the SSD has been moved from the vicinity of the smartphone. A motion detection feature can also be enabled, alerting users if the drive is moved at all.

During periods of non-use, the app activates a "Variable Locking" feature that keeps anyone from accessing data until a passcode has been entered. The SoSecure app also allows users to wipe their SSD and return it to a "fresh out-of-the-box" state without any data on it.

Another feature of the app is called "Random keys," which creates a new PIN pad layout with each login to make it harder for people to look over a user's shoulder and see where your fingerprints have been on a smartphones glass surface. Users can also set the PIN re-entry attempts from two to 10 before the SSD locks.

"Not only have we created a high-performance solid-state disk drive that is perfect for corporate and private use, we've also put the perfect 21st century twist on the technology by making it smartphone-compatible," Little said.

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at  @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is

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