By Andrew Liszewski
USB flash drives have kept the ‘sneaker net’ alive and well, but over the years larger capacities and smaller form factors have made losing your data a lot easier. So to combat this problem the SanDisk Ultra Cruzer Titanium Plus flash drive will automatically backup the drive’s contents to a remote server whenever it’s connected to a computer that has internet access. SanDisk has apparently partnered with a company called BeInSync and has built their online backup software into the flash drive which protects your files with 256-bit SSL encryption. You’ll also need to login to the company’s website in order to download your files.
I actually think it’s a pretty good idea, though I have to wonder how long it takes to copy 4GB worth of data to a remote server, given most ISPs have slower upload speeds. According to Crave, the files are actually compressed to save space, but it could still take quite a while. The other downside is that in addition to the Titanium’s $49.99 price tag, you’ll have to pay a $29/year fee to backup your data once the included 6-month free trial ends.