Earlier this week, I wrote about iTwin, a “reinvented, limitless capacity, secure USB drive.” Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to test iTwin “in the field,” so to speak, and, not surprisingly, it worked great!
The test I gave it involved connecting to multiple computers in different places…each time, iTwin installed its driver software and then connected to the original computer where its “twin” was broadcasting access. I connected from a location with firewalls in place, etc….and it worked! For fun, I’d added an external hard drive’s folder to the iTwin, too. All in all, the iTwin did perform as expected.
One of my original questions about the iTwin was whether my data–even though encrypted–was being stored anywhere on the iTwin servers as it passed through. The iTwin folks were kind enough to clarify that for me in a comment left on the original post; I’ve shared that comment in its entirety below:
When you transfer files using iTwin, if you are on different networks, the data is relayed via our server but not stored. Since the data is encrypted and the encryption key lies only on the two pieces of hardware, so even if the data is relayed via our server, we will not be able to read it. The encryption key is generated every time you plug the devices together and initialize them. The data only resides on your computer. Since it is end to end encrypted, there is no risk of the data even when transferred via the internet.
My only reservation about the iTwin at this point is that you have to have admin rights to load the iTwin software on the Windows computers. This was an expected issue, but would certainly present an obstacle in places where a solution like Active Directory is loaded and/or policies in place that prevent the user from installing software.