November 12, 2012

IronKeys & moneybelts

All my documents safely stored on my 2GB IronKey

I’m back at Toad Hall today after a few days in London. On Friday I collected my passport (now with all four visas) and my paper Trans-Siberian rail tickets for my journey as far as Beijing. It feels like I’m almost there with the planning now..

Before I packed up my trip dossier for the final time today I scanned and copied all my important documents. I have decided on a three fold system in case I lose something, or worst case, have it stolen. Firstly, I have a spare copy of all documents in my duffle bag (separate from the originals). Secondly, I have sent a scan of all the documents to my email account in the cloud – all in one file marked ‘Emergency”. Finally, thirdly, I have copied all the documents to my USB stick. Its not any old memory stick though, its an IronKey – described by some as “the World’s most secure flash drive”.

I won’t give you a big gadget pitch on this item, but if you do some research you will see its a device with military grade encryption co developed by Lockheed Martin. The US approve it for storage of government data, and its easy to see why – apart from the hardware based encryption, its built out of solid shock resistant metal. If the original “Mission Impossible” were still being made today, they would ┬ádefinitely use them as it literally self destructs the data if the wrong password is entered more times than the set number!

Elsewhere on the security front I have now pulled together a few belts and bags to hold my cash and documents in. This isn’t very “hi tech”, but I’m going to use two money belts and a round the neck pouch for my passport. I have small piles of low denomination notes and they take up quite a bit of space..

Is that a pile of Roubles in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

I think thats about it for now – I hope this post was of interest – do leave a comment below to let me know if you found this helpful.

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