iSpy: iTwin makes moving data easy and secure
by Chris Pittman
cpittman@annistonstar.com
Dec 16, 2011 | 4229 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The iTwin, which plugs into a USB port, easily and securely moves data between computers. Photo: Special to The Star
The iTwin, which plugs into a USB port, easily and securely moves data between computers. Photo: Special to The Star
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iTwin – $99

Flash drives, remote access software and the cloud are just a sample of the plethora of measures one can use to move data between computers. A newcomer dubbed iTwin hopes to find its place within the group, touting enhanced security measures over the competition.

The iTwin comes as a two-piece connected drive that plugs into the USB port on a computer. A sleek lime green color covers the body of the device that is about the size of a standard flash drive. A gunmetal gray version is also available.

Once plugged in and installed on the first computer, the iTwin can be pulled apart. The second piece of the puzzle is inserted into the computer you want to share files between. Simple.

A folder will now appear on both computers. Simply drag files you wish to share into the folder and it will be accessible to the other machine. The data is transferred via an Internet connection, which is a requirement to use the iTwin. Distance between the two computer partners is a non-factor.

Flash drives offer a set amount of space that is usually only several gigabytes in size. Most cloud storage options give you several gigabytes for free, but you’ll have to spend some money to upgrade to a premium account if you wish to store a good deal of data.

The amount of space given by the iTwin is only limited by your hard drive. Nothing is stored on the physical product. This design gives the device an edge in two categories — overall storage space and security.

Security is obviously important when it comes to secure documents and precious files. The iTwin guarantees higher security than services such as Dropbox and Google Docs.

The device features two security levels — hardware side and password — to give an extra level of support against hackers and griefers.

A code can be entered to wipe clean the device if it falls in the wrong hands. Of course, the password would need to be entered upon plugging it into a new computer. Thus, it would be very hard for someone to steal your data, even with the iTwin in their hand.

The setup perfectly complements a small business owner who might be out of the office on a regular basis. It also works well for someone who simply wants to access files on their work computer without using remote software to log into the machine. I can personally vouch for the latter.

One of the critical positives of the iTwin is its cross-compatibility between Windows and Mac OSX operating systems. For example, one could move a file from a PC running Windows XP to a MacBook Pro operating on Lion. I tested this exact situation without running into a single issue.

The iTwin’s $99 price tag might be a tad hard to swallow for those who currently use free web options to transfer data. However, the device’s security measures cannot be ignored. The dual USB product is exceptional for those looking to access data from another computer without the fear of someone else getting it into their grasp.
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