A USB Flash Drive to Stop Hackers from Taking Control of Your Car

Imagine driving down the road in your Dodge Charger or Jeep Grand Cherokee and weird things start happening. The air conditioning starts blasting on high and the radio station changes itself. “Well that’s weird,” you think. Then the transmission suddenly cuts off, rendering your accelerator useless. Now you start to panic. You exclaim “What in the world is going on??” (or something more R-rated) to yourself as your car starts losing momentum. Then the brakes stop working..

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you may know that hackers had already figured out a way to wreak this kind of havoc on many of the cars on the road today. Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to remotely hack into Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect system, allowing them to control numerous vehicle functions including its dashboard, steering, brakes and transmission. While previous hacks had shown the ability to control functions of some vehicles when being physically connected to Read more ›

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Does Renting Aleratec Equipment Make Sense for Your Company?

Companies with less frequent duplication and tablet deployment requirements now have the option of renting.

Regardless of industry, most businesses have to purchase copiers, printers, computers and other tangible equipment at some point. When such assets are used regularly over long periods at a time, owning makes financial sense. The vast majority of Aleratec customers purchase our equipment because they duplicate/sanitize hard disk drives, USB flash drives and optical discs on a regular basis. But what if you’re only going to use the equipment occasionally or even just once? For these customers, Aleratec now offers a cost-effective technology rental program for many of its most popular and powerful products.

So, when does it make sense to rent versus buy? Read more ›

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HDD Duplicators Great and Small: Introducing the Compact and Powerful 1:5 HDD Copy Dock Advanced

Followers of the Aleratec blog know that I often reflect on technology and how much it changes day to day and year to year. It’s the “nature” of tech products to evolve quickly and adapt to new environments with smaller, more powerful components than predecessors of the past, and this fact is not lost in the world of hard disk drive duplicators and sanitizers. Building smaller, more robust machines is part of the landscape, and our new 1:5 HDD Copy Dock Advanced stand-alone HDD duplicator is the next step in the evolutionary chain.

hdd copy dock advanced duplicatorPowerful and portable, the 1:5 HDD Copy Dock Advanced supports 2.5” and 3.5″ SATA HDDs and SSDs and can clone five hard disk drive simultaneously without the need of a computer. However, what makes this product truly unique is that it includes full-sized duplicating and sanitization functions once possible only in larger duplicators—no easy task considering the size of this petite little powerhouse.

Towering Features with a Small Footprint

Measuring only 8.8″ x 13″ x 5.3″, the 1:5 HDD Copy Dock Advanced is remarkably versatile for its size. Not only does Read more ›

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Reminiscing about My 15 Minutes of Fame and How the “Mobile Office” Has Changed

Back in the early 1990s, I had the opportunity to be part of a CBS News – 48 Hours segment and predicted, “The office of the future will have four wheels, not four walls.” Now, the “office” can fit in the palm of your hand.

It was 1990 when our office received a call one morning from a producer of the CBS News program 48 Hours. In those days, 48 Hours was a news magazine, not a murder mystery program, so being featured on the show had a very different meaning. The crew had just completed a shoot for an episode entitled Fast Times, which focused on the increasingly fast pace of life at the time, when they came across a 48hrsnewspaper article on my mobile office and thought it would be a good segment to add. They spent an entire day following me and my hectic, on-the-go work life. It was a wild experience, and the integrity of their reporting was most impressive. Nothing was staged. If they missed a shot, there were no “do-overs” as everything had to be 100% authentic.

These were the days just after the introduction of the Motorola MicroTAC flip phone, and my new car was fully outfitted as a mobile office complete Read more ›

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