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New connector for Apricorn USB


Hardware security specialists, Apricorn ( has launched the world’s most versatile hardware-encrypted USB flash key and the first of its kind to have a built-in USB-C connector making it the only hardware-encrypted USB that is compatible with PCs and Macs, as well as any operating system, including Windows®, Mac®, Linux, Android and Symbian.  

Not only does the Aegis Secure Key 3NXC provide an effective way of safeguarding data across today’s remote workforces, where employees are using a diverse range of business and personal devices to carry out their work, but the device also automatically encrypts all information as the user uploads it, with military-grade AES XTS hardware encryption.

Particularly suitable for highly regulated sectors such as defence, finance, government, manufacturing and healthcare, the Aegis Secure Key 3NXC allows businesses to support safe and productive remote working on a large scale, ensuring that all workers follow information security best practice and comply with regulations such as GDPR.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, remote and mobile working was on the rise, along with the associated risks to data.  As the global workforce shifted from office to home practically overnight, the demand for our encrypted secure keys skyrocketed, as did the demand for our A-to-C adapters.  We accelerated the release of the Aegis Secure Key 3NXC to provide an efficient way of ensuring that employees using MacBooks, iPads and Android devices can securely store and move sensitive data, wherever and however they’re working,” says Jon Fielding, Apricorn’s managing director EMEA.  

“USB-C is the first truly universal standard for transferring data between devices, and is set to take over from USB-A as the new standard on computers of the future,” continues Fielding.

“While most computers and laptops still offer both A and C connector ports, the number of manufacturers exclusively committing to type C is growing. We’re developing our products with this next generation of computers in mind - but we will continue to manufacture USB-A compatible devices for those who need them for the foreseeable future.”

With the price ranging from £48 to £145 across six storage capacities from 4GB to 128GB, the device allows IT to closely align deployments with the storage needs of each individual employee, reducing overall cost.

Ultra-compact in size, the Secure Key 3NXC family offers one unique feature that is not available on any other hardware encrypted device: the ability to toggle between Fixed Disk and Removable Media (US Pat. No 10,338,840).  FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation is expected shortly.

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