SafeXs 3.0 FIPS 197 USB Stick Review

SafeXs-magnifyerDue to the nature of my work and my personal interests, having a USB stick with me at all times is essential.  This means that over the last several years, I’ve made my way through roughly a dozen USB sticks; mostly because they either don’t have enough space or I forget to take them out of my pockets before I wash my jeans!

I recently got my hands on the SafeXs 3.0 FIPS 197 USB Stick and I’ve been very impressed.


The SafeXs 3.0 uses USB 3.0 technology, which is essential for me as I regularly transfer large files between my USB stick and 3.0 enabled laptop. USB 3.0 is essentially 10x faster than USB 2.0, however depending on your computer’s configuration; you may see speeds which are around 5x faster.

Nonetheless, 5x faster USB transfers is a big thing. Previously, I’d have to wait 10 minutes to transfer a large video but now that time is down to a measly 2 minutes.


The main focus of the SafeXs 3.0 is the security it brings to the table. The AES 256-bit in XTS mode hardware encryption, provides an incredibly high level of security; especially for something so small. The USB stick is managed by SafeConsole and can be remotely accessed by using the software’s remote access feature.

The bruteforce protection protects it against password guessing attacks, and the tamperproof resin makes reverse engineering attacks impossible. It even makes it waterproof, meaning I can leave them in my jeans! Although, I don’t think I’d try.

These and a few other features, give me the peace of mind that my confidential data is safe.

Size & Technical Features

The USB stick can be purchased in several different sizes; 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. The smallest of the bunch, 4GB, is available at a low price of £44.99.

All of the models work on Windows, Mac and Linux.

You can find out more about the SafeXs 3.0 FIPS 197 USB Stick at IT Governance’s Web shop