Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Is that a server in your pocket?

USB devices (those 'storage on your keychain' tools, like the iDuck) are now being touted as Personal servers which allow users to carry around all of their applications, services and data with them. No more remote connection to the network. One of the biggest drivers for this is, surprisingly, security. While you might think that USB storage would be a security nightmare, some of the devices (the more secure ones) check untrusted systems for malicious code such as key loggers, and when the user is finished working, leave no trace on the system. No need to lug a laptop around, or put up with tiny keyboards and screens on palm-sized devices. Just carry everything on your keychain and plug in to a public terminal when you need to work.

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