RedKey: So, what are the Blue Keys and the Green Keys For?
Data erasure is no laughing matter. Also called data wiping, data destruction, and data clearing, it is a necessary process in order to ensure that no trace of data, files, or information are remain on old hard drives and other data writable hardware (such as USB flash drives and SSDs). While common knowledge about this process is that deleting the files and then subsequently reformatting (or in the case of Apple/Mac devices, resetting) is sufficient to clear all the data, unfortunately THIS IS ACTUALLY NOT TRUE.
With the right tools and the tech. expertise, I.T. pro’s and fraudsters can recover data from hard drives that have already gone through deletion and reformatting or resetting. This is because the data is actually still on the drive or some fragments that are sufficient to compromise security. This is where tools like the RedKey USB data wiping product come in.
However, there seems to be some confusion when it comes to the RedKey Kits offered that include additional Blue Keys and Green Keys. Here is a breakdown of the intended function of each of the keys in the RedKey USB data wipe kits in order to clarify things for our visitors, customers, and patrons.
RedKey USB: Data Erasure
The RedKey USB is our primary product and the delivery system for the process of data clearing. The RedKey USB initiates our software and clears a computer of any (all) sensitive data. As stated as far back as our Crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign (and our subsequent Indiegogo campaign for the initial and continued development of the product) plug in the RedKey USB, power up the device (i.e. PC or Mac, desktop or laptop), and initiate the process of data erasure. After a period of time (depending mainly on the size of your computer drive), the system will display a message that the data wipe is complete.
The RedKey USB is the only tool necessary to accomplish the data clearing. It has a perpetual license and ongoing updates.
BlueKey: Intended for use to install an Operating system eg as Windows.
Any Kit that includes the BlueKey 16GB™ is designed for installing an operating system on a PC that has been wiped with the Redkey. Wiping a computer does remove an Operating system from a computer, so in some cases you may wish to restore the OS prior to sale / disposal.
Luckily these days, it’s now rather easy to restore an operating system because the BlueKey’s ideal size and relatively low cost make it ideal for use with the Windows™ Media Creation Tool. The WMC tool guides you through the process of creating a bootable OS installation USB, for installing a fresh copy of Windows back on to a PC after the RedKey USB has done its job.
Of course, any suitable USB drive can be used with the Windows tool although the 16 GB BlueKey is designed specifically for this purpose due to its High read and Write speed and more than adequate capacity. The BlueKey remains an optional extra, made with the same heavy duty quality as the RedKey.
The “WMC Tool” is available for free download from Microsoft. With the WMC tool you can install a fresh copy of the Windows 10 operating system quite easily. The Bluekey is also suitable for running / installing freely available Linux distributions such as Ubuntu. Download Ubuntu desktop and replace your current operating system whether it’s Windows or macOS, or run even Ubuntu alongside it. It's ideal for installing a modern OS on an old PC prior to disposal.
GreenKey: Backup your files!
The GreenKey is the third and largest capacity of the USB drives included in the our Data Wipe Kits. With a choice between either a 64 GB or a 128 GB USB drive versions, the GreenKey is best used for backing up important files BEFORE the RedKey USB data wipe tool is used (to save critical files before permanently erasing them). This is convenient for documents and other important files that you may need to have copies of. Just like the BlueKey, the GreenKey USB is not essential for the purpose of data erasure that the RedKey performs solely; it is simply a convenient extra for those who want a complete set at arm’s reach, so to speak. The GreenKey is a high speed high capacity USB drive that is ideal as part of your everyday carry kit!
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