Wednesday, June 30th 2010

Buffalo Unveils USB Flash Drives with Built-in Malware Protection

Buffalo released the RUF2-JVS series of USB flash drives, which come with built-in virus and malware protection, powered by Trend Micro. The drives have slide-out USB connectors, and measure 21 (W) x 55 (H) x 9 (D) mm, weighing 15 g. The drive uses USB 2.0 standard, and comes in capacities of 4, 8, and 16 GB. The embedded Trend Micro USB security software prevents viruses and malware from being copied onto the drive. The RUF2-JVS drives from Buffalo Technology will reach markets in mid-July.

Source: Softpedia
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2 Comments on Buffalo Unveils USB Flash Drives with Built-in Malware Protection

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Mussels
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the only way they'd prevent viruses from getting on the drive is if they installed software (autoplay?) and scanned the files as they were transferred.

how thats going to work with another AV on the system is a mystery to me, they'd likely conflict.

For that matter, if you disable autoplay like i do, is it even going to work without manually starting the software every time you plug it in?
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aj28
by: Mussels
the only way they'd prevent viruses from getting on the drive is if they installed software (autoplay?) and scanned the files as they were transferred.

how thats going to work with another AV on the system is a mystery to me, they'd likely conflict.

For that matter, if you disable autoplay like i do, is it even going to work without manually starting the software every time you plug it in?
I'm going to go with "they plunked some cheap AV software on the drive and didn't give the actual functionality a second thought."

What I'd really like, in terms of AV-resistant drives, is one with a physical write switch. Just leave it locked unless you need to write, or at least lock it when accessing public or otherwise suspect machines. I know I would have really appreciated something like that when I was working as a technician doing this stuff all day, every day...
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