Kingston debuts new line of secure flash drives
Kingston has prepared a new line of security-enhanced flash drives that are suited for every kind of sensitive information. The new drives are currently known as DataTraveler Locker+ G2 and sport USB 2.0 support and HiSpeed interface.
One would surely ask what’s so special with these drives. Well, for one thing they offer native data encryption and a cross-platform authentication system.
The authentication system works like this – it is an automated system that’s password-based, and runs on both Windows and Mac OS X. The system sets a changeable master password on first use, which can then be used to grant access to all the contents of the drive, or select contents, using account-based authentication. Up to 20 accounts, each having access to select portions of the drive’s contents, can be created. The drive locks down and formats itself after 10 invalid login attempts.
This security system’s the reason why the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 is a bit slower than most other USB 2.0 let alone USB 3.0 drives. The flash drive reads at 10 MB/sec and writes at 5 MB/sec but having in mind the enhanced security these speeds seem like a fair trade-off.
Available in 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB versions the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 comes in a conventional capped form-factor, with a ruggedised metal body covering most parts of the drive. Commenting on the launch, Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston, said “Data security for consumers is simple and affordable with the new DataTraveler Locker+ G2. The data encryption makes this the perfect USB drive to keep your information safe and out of strangers’ hands in case it ever gets lost.”
Sporting a 5-year warranty the 4 GB version costs 18 USD, the 8 GB model is available for 21 USD, while the 16 GB/32 GB models retail for 37 USD and 82 USD respectively. Finally, in case you order a large number of these flash drives you can get the logo of your company printed on them too.