SecureDrives Autothysis SSDs can self-destruct via a simple SMS text message

Given the rates at which breaches and hacks that are happening and the last year Edward Snowden leaks which explicitly pointed out the government snooping programs on the citizens of the world who are connected in whatsoever way, it is no surprise that everyone has become security conscious.

If you take your privacy very seriously and if encryption provided by the service provider is not secure enough for you, a new solid-state drive has been launched just for you.  The all new SecureDrives Autothysis SSD will wipe the data or even physically fragment their flash memory when the owner sends the device an SMS message.


A British tech company , SecureDrives, has taken your  security and privacy to a whole new level by launching a  self-destruction capable solid-state drive (SSD) to cater to the growing needs of the security conscious users especially for corporate ones.

SecureDrives has introduced the Autothysis line of solid-state drives that can go way beyond mere encryption to protect information that can’t fall into the wrong hands. The company has designed these SSDs to take commands from their owners/authorise personnel,  remotely via SMS text messages delivered through cell phone thanks to built-in GSM capabilities.  Once the Autothysis receives a SMS text message, it wipe data via what SecureDrives calls “crypto sanitization.”

You can also ask the Autothysis to remote do a data fragment via text message, once the NAND flash memory on the drive is physically fragmented, which makes it nearly impossible to recover info should anyone make the attempt.

SecureDrives claims that these are the first SSDs available that offer such remote physical fragmentation.

In addition to remote killing via text message, the drives can also self-destruct based on settings accessible through its “Token” command center utility (the Autothysis128t) or an iOS or Android smartphone app (the Autothysis128s). Other triggers that can be set include an attempt to remove the drive from a PC or the drive (or PC its installed in) being moved while the owner is away from it. Any attempt to crack open the drive will also set off the self-destruct mechanism.

Autothysis Features

The all new Autothysis drives come with 128GB of storage courtesy of Micron 20nm NAND flash memory and 256-bit AES encryption for security. While security is at a premium with these SSDs, performance is not. Rated speeds are a lowly 127MB/s for sequential reads and 120MB/s for sequential writes, with a max of 20,000 IOPS for either random 4k writes or reads.

The privacy wont come cheap.  The Autothysis128s will sell for £967. 00 / $1,563.00 and the Autothysis128t will set you back by £60 pounds more. The total cost will work out to approximately of $1,660.00. The first year of GSM service (to allow the remote destruction features) is included, but after that you’ll need to pay £29.00 per year to keep the service alive.

If only SecureDrives had paid a little bit more attention to the performance aspect of the Autothysis SSDs, it would have been a good bargain.


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