Mega Fifteen-way USB 2.0 Flash Drive Roundup (Page 10)

| Sep 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm CDT
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Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy
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Of all the drives in this roundup, this is one of two that really deserve a full dedicated article. While most thumb drives simply hold a set amount of data and transfer it at a set rate of speed, the Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy (DTVP) is a rarity. The security feature list and explanation alone would cover three pages and even then I would be just skimming the surface. When Kingston calls the DTVP a vault, they are not kidding; the product is a true hardware encrypted vault and features more than enough security to be compliant with the Trade Agreement Act (TAA).Specifications and Features
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The specifications list shows that DTVP is available in capacities of 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16GB and that it requires two drive letters.Features/Benefits: • Full Encryption - 100 percent of stored data is protected by hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) • Fast - data transfer rates of up to 24 MB/sec. read and up to 10 MB/sec. write for 2-16GB; Up to 15MB/sec. read and 10MB/sec. write for 1GB • Secure - drive locks down and reformats after 10 intrusion attempts • Enforced password protection - complex password is user set with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access • Easy to use - no admin rights or application installation required • Customizable - preload content, password length, maximum number of password attempts* • Cologo available* - add your company's logo to increase brand recognition • Guaranteed - five-year warranty with 24/7 customer support • Durable - aluminum casing The DTVP is all about data protection; James Bond would carry one of these or at least would be allowed to since it meets the government standards for encryption. Packaging
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Kingston uses the same outer shell for all three of the DataTraveler drives we are looking at today. On the front of the DTVP you can see the hardware and capacity information.
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The back of the package lists some general information but fails to go into great detail of the encryption capabilities of the drive. The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy
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The DTVP is one of the few drives that list a serial number on the drive. On the top right side you can see the opening for a key ring or other accessory. The casing is water proof and is made of aluminum.
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The DTVP uses a cap / base arrangement like several of the drives in this roundup.Accessories
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As stated previously, the DTVP is all about hardware encryption; you are simply not getting in without the password and after ten attempts the drive will self destruct. Well, the data on the drive will automatically be erased and you will be prompted to enter a new password. Benchmarks
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