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Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive DTVP/8GB (Blue)
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- Full Encryption 100 percent of stored data is protected by hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
- Fast2 data transfer rates of up to 24 MB/sec. read and up to 10 MB/sec
- 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
- Fully Supports Macintosh OS
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Kingston's DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition USB Flash drive is assembled in the U.S. for organizations that require a secure way to store and transfer portable data. The stored data is 100 percent secured by hardware-based, 256-bit AES encryption to guard sensitive information in case the drive is lost or stolen. Its durable, aluminum casing provides added protection. DataTraveler Vault - Privacy Edition is backed by a five-year warranty, free tech support and legendary Kingston reliability.
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Kingston’s DataTraveler Vault Privacy is ideal for organizations that need a secure way to store and transfer portable data. It secures 100 percent of data stored with hardware-based, 256-bit AES encryption to guard any sensitive information in case the drive is lost or stolen.
Kingston’s DataTraveler Vault Privacy is:
- Secure — drive locks down after a specified number of intrusion attempts and encryption key is destroyed; enforced complex password set by user
- Customizable (minimum quantity required)
- Waterproof — up to 4 ft.
- Easy to use
- Assembled in the U.S.
- Backed by a five-year warranty and free technical support
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MAIN SELLING POINT: If this drive were to drop out of your pocket or purse, etc. onto the sidewalk (scenarios), or be burglarized from your house, the finder/stealer cannot see your data even though he/she has physical possession of the drive. They could reformat the drive and use it for other purposes but they would NOT get access to your data. After 10 failed login attempts the drive is programmed to lock out any access attempts and MUST be reformatted. (Kingston has a built-in process that forces you to choose a decently complex password so bad guy is never going to guess your password in 10 tries.)
These have worked for me on both Windows 7 and the dreaded Windows Vista (I got rid of my one Vista PC about 6 months ago). I now have Windows 7 on all PCs.
I have turned off autorun for security reasons. Instead, I trudge down through Windows Explorer to find the DTPrivacy launcher file on the drive in the file tree. It works, it's just some extra effort that's all.
I only dock this drive when I need to. If it's not plugged in, it's less likely to be hacked. Common sense.
Some people ( a few) might run into issues with the E: drive being blocked or in use because Explorer shows the E: drive letter is taken up by the CD/DVD optical drive (which is common). It is not hard to get around this. Either try taking the disk out of the Optical drive unit or you could go to Computer, Manager, Disk Management (IF you know what you're doing, be careful here) and reassign the drive letter of the Optical drive to a "higher" letter to remove the conflict.
ADDENDUM / OBSERVATIONS:
I find that while doing a file save of CHANGES to a 28Megabyte using Microsoft Word to the Kingston drive of a particular .RTF file with a lot of mixed tables, graphics, custom text formatting can be dog slow (like 45 seconds to 1 minute) . The hourglass for that save process takes over the entire computer. Fortunately, I don't have to save that file very often. I'm just used to it. Yes I have tons of space remaining (over a Gigabyte or more) on my Kingston drive and hard drives - that's not what's causing this. I'm not worried about it. I figure it's encryption processing that is parsing the entire content of the file for changes. Just a guess. My Text file and PDF file saves go quickly.
Years ago, in the early XP days, I did own an earlier 1GB gray colored predecessor of this drive which - it was eventually discovered - had a security flaw intrinsic to the firmware of that particular earlier series. Kingston was aware of the flaw and discontinued that series long ago. Back then these were like (trying to remember) $80 dollars(?) for 1GB.
I have deliberately passed on Windows version 8.X up till now so can't speak to usability. I wasn't up for the aggravation although I'm told it runs faster. Microsoft has recently announced (April 2014) that they will finally "fix" Windows 8.1 usability issues in two separate passes. When they will drop the shoe on part 2 of the fix, I don't know. I just know it's been announced. In the meantime, I'm happy with Windows 7.
While I would be disappointed if my current blue DataTraveler drives didn't work in the revised Windows 8.X (or even future Windows 9), it wouldn't break my heart. To have simple, reliable, off-line, self-contained security ( I leave one of these at work in case my home had a catastrophe) is a small price to pay for the peace of mind these relatively cheap backups bring. If worst comes to worst I'll purchase the new iteration and be out max $80 - $100 for 4 drives that work with the latest greatest. I doubt if it will come to that but if it does, no big deal.
UPDATE Jan 2016 - none of these have ever failed me. They also work fine with Windows 10 - no hassles or needed updates. Can still recommend highly.
When you first plug this into a USB port, the part of the drive that houses the built-in security program registers in Windows as a CD-ROM drive. (BTW, this product only works with Windows XP/Vista; I haven't tested on Win7 yet.) The small utility runs, letting you choose a password. You can also use the utility to set the number of allowed login attempts before the drive formats the ~4GB secured data storage area.
Subsequent plugging in of the drive results in Windows' displaying an Autorun box; you should run the DTVP program, which then prompts you for password. If you fail to type in the correct password a specified number of times -- 10 is the default -- the storage formats itself.
Windows reports 3.73GB of total available storage, in line with the 4GB rating of the drive. Even though it uses a hardware-based encryption/decryption engine, read and write speeds are below those of a "normal" USB stick drive. So this is best used for storing small documents, rather than large files. Of course, given the secure nature of the drive, most users will end up storing small document files anyway.
The cap can be easily lost, so be careful there.
The cap on mine was a little loose and I lost it within a week. Kingston Customer Service immediately sent two replacement caps and securing cords promptly at no cost and which fit just great.
Highly recommended this Kingston product.
Anyone with lousy Customer Service (such as Ebay), should take note that Customer Service is sometimes, if not always, more important than the product sold. Luckily there are companies like Kingston still around who believe in it and provide it. Companies with bad Customer Service lose customers and eventually go under. Anyone who's been around for about 60 years knows this very well. Johnny come lately "computerize everything!" and put robotic people on the end of phones, types, please take note.
If this is not a problem for you then this would be a good inexpensive choice. I had to go with the much more expensive Aegis security key since the encryption is hardware based and requires no writing to the drive for it to work.
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