LaCie ( has announced the LaCie Rugged Safe hard drive, offering multiple levels of data protection. The Rugged Safe features “unbreakable” 128-bit AES hardware encryption, biometric authentication technology, and a shock-proof enclosure. 

Designed for people on the go, the LaCie Rugged Safe is bus-powered through USB or FireWire and is compatible with Macs or PCs. Where other safe products require software installation on every workstation, the Rugged Safe is plug and play. Once configured, it will grant a user access to his or her data on any computer with a single finger swipe. 

The Rugged Safe combines a 128-bit AES encryption engine and biometric fingerprint access — preventing unauthorized access. Professionals can protect and share sensitive files or intellectual property with up to 10 registered users, according to Erwan Girard, LaCie Business Unit manager.

The Rugged Safe was designed by the designer, Neil Poulton. With its protective rubber bumper and internal hard drive mounted on four independent suspensions, the Rugged Safe is shock-resistant for maximum reliability and data protection.

The Rugged Safe comes with a three-year limited warranty and includes the customizable LaCie Backup Assistant for Mac and PC users. It will be available in 500GB through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, LaCie Reseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retail price of US$189.99.