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Old 01-14-2019, 12:16 PM   #1
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The new Apricorn Aegis Fortress L3 portable storage drive, which touts improved construction and encryption, uses a membrane touch pad for input of the password.

Now, this is not a situation where you need to touch type. But still, my experience with membrane touch controls has not been good. Or maybe this kind of technology is much improved?

https://www.zdnet.com/article/aprico...d-more-secure/

   
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:23 AM   #2
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The new Apricorn Aegis Fortress L3 portable storage drive, which touts improved construction and encryption, uses a membrane touch pad for input of the password.

Now, this is not a situation where you need to touch type. But still, my experience with membrane touch controls has not been good. Or maybe this kind of technology is much improved?

https://www.zdnet.com/article/aprico...d-more-secure/
Ditto, although if there's some form of feedback (ideally a beep, or maybe a light-up LED to indicate that it's felt you poke it) I'm ok with them. And they're probably cheap and more durable in some applications.

   
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There would have to be some form of feedback. The drive password times out, and depending on how it's set, wipe the data if two many wrong passwords are entered. But there is another problem. Do they last? Does the membrane start to crack?

   
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>> Do they last? Does the membrane start to crack?

If well-made, they seem very durable. Membrane keyboards seem to be the product of choice for stoves, dishwashers, microwaves and such ... situations where they'll have to withstand heat and moisture and fairly heavy use (at least compared to what you'd be giving the keyboard/keypad on a disk drive, I'd imagine).

I'm not sure I could bring myself to set the drive to self-immolate if I entered the password incorrectly too many times. Unless maybe I could set "too many" to be a rather high number.

   
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>> Do they last? Does the membrane start to crack?

If well-made, they seem very durable. Membrane keyboards seem to be the product of choice for stoves, dishwashers, microwaves and such
I forgot about that. My 30 year old microwave oven has keys that still work with no problems.

   
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andrew: my experience with membrane touch controls has not been good.
It's funny because just reading the thread title, I had a negative reaction because my experience has been similar to yours...not good...


Additionally, I think the security aspect is also not good as the wear on the membrane keys used most frequently would be visible--it states "wear-resistant" but that doesn't provide me with any sense of confidence...




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