Kanguru BioSTOR

I came across an advertisement for Kanguru‘s BioSTOR, a USB 2.0 hard drive with built-in finger print reader that is used to provide access to the encrypted drive. According to Kanguru, there is no software to install (all the software is contained in the drive) and the data on the hard drive is encrypted and so remains protected even if the hard drive is removed from the device. Sounds like a great product, especially for a road warrior that needs to carry a lot of sensitive data around – except for one thing – according to TigerDirect’s website description, the encryption strength is only 40 bits. So what’s the point?