- Brand Name: Transcend
- Model Number: TS16GJF220
- Memory Storage Capacity: 16 GB
Transcend JetFlash 220 - 16 GB Biometric USB 2.0 Flash Drive TS16GJF220 (Lime Green)
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- 16GB USB2.0 Drive with Fingerprint Encryption
- Rotation cover that will never get lost
- AES 256 bit encryption technology
- 2 years warranty
- Read speed up to 17MB/sec - write speed up to 5MB/sec
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1) Large size to handle just about anything you want.
2) Easy to use application that plays well with IE
3) Software makes it easy to customize the private/public space.
1) I'm annoyed that public space is not accessible when you log in to get access to the secure space. It's public, it should always be available.
2) NO FIREFOX SUPPORT.
3) The software sometimes does NOT quit properly when the drive is removed. The software stays resident in memory and needs to be manually turned off from task manager.
Edit (January 3rd, 2011): Added a third CON
This is not to say the device is useless, however. For mere convenience purposes, it's extremely useful. While there is still not Firefox support (and I assume Mac OS X and Linux support lack as well), these aren't major problems in the grand scheme of things.
Overall, take the pros with the cons: don't expect this to be the major tower of security it claims to be, but for convenience, it's worth the price.
Con: It requires software be run on the host computer - this is a risk! The software resides on the device, so it need not be installed on the host. But then the transfer of the key from device to host is a security hole.
I'd prefer all encryption/decryption be done on the device, and I think only IronKey and Sandisk Cruzer do this, at about double the price. Another problem: if your USB port is vertical, then swiping your finger at the proper angle would be difficult.
Conclusion: For the price, this device offers adequate protection. I would not use this for transferring data from my PC to a client's PC because it would require the client to run software on his PC. But only for a moment, and it doesn't stay resident. It's safe - trust me!
A word of caution in using this device. The device is partitioned into both public and private partitions. The private partition is where it stores the finger-print protected data. The device came with a default of 100%l public partition but zero private partition. If you move your data to the device without repartitioning, the data will be stored in the public partition which everyone can access even though the fingerprint protection is enabled. You would have to manually create the private data partition and then put your sensitive data there. The other area of caution is that once you have the device plugged in and unlocked with the fingerprint validation, the data is still accessible even after you power off and reboot the PC without the need to go through the fingerprint validation again. I believe this applies to PC with USB ports which power stays on when the PC is powered off. This leaves a security risk if you forgot to unplug the device.
By the way, unlike what one other reviewer stated, there is no way other unauthorized users can access the USB's private data once the fingerprint protection is set. You have to unlock the device with a valid fingerprint before you can reset the password and/or creating a new account to access the data.
I would have rated it 5 stars if it weren't for the fact that it occasionally does not recognize my fingerprint--particularly my thumb, for some reason. If you have trouble accessing the flash drive with your thumb, try another finger. Strangely, it seems to be less finicky with those.
Excellent product if you want a flash drive with more features than most at an affordable price. Highly recommended, especially if you frequently carry important/private data outside of your home and into more public places (an office, a coffeehouse, a college campus, etc.).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works perfectly I sell insurance and use it to directly store my clients info instead of on my computer. If my computer is ever stolen there isn't any personal information on it.Published 17 months ago by J. R. L.
Secure and out of the way just the way you need it to be. I keep tons of files on this thing and no one can access it except me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by B. H.
Still works years late, got this when I was in college, don't know if they are even still sold but it still works great. No complaints.Published 22 months ago by Sillycat98
I received a locked flash drive I can not unlock it the biometric reader does not read my thumb and asks for a password I never set one Apparently someone had this drive and locked... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Ina