Kingston DataTraveler 2000 is a USB 3.0 flash drive that stores files with hardware based AES-256 encryption, and to make sure nobody can access those, it’s also protected with a pin code thanks to a keypad on the flash drive itself. That’s news to me, but the devices have been selling since early 2016 with 16 to 64GB capacities, and you’ll find them on Amazon for $127 and up.
However, since such high security USB flash drives are mostly used for confidential information by enterprises and governments (it’s FIPS-197 compliant), some company’s customers may have complained that 16 to 64GB storage is a bit too much for confidential data, with recent top secret documents leaks or IP thefts, so Kingston has just announced smaller 4GB and 8GB versions of the drives.
Those drives are OS agnostic with encryption occurring inside the drive, and seen buy your computer or other hardware as a normal USB drive after your enter the pin number. For extra security, the company explains “its auto-lock feature is activated when the drive is removed from the host device, and the encryption key and password are deleted after 10 invalid login attempts to thwart brute force intrusions”.
I could not see the new 4GB and 8GB DataTraveler 2000 stick for sale anywhere yet. You’ll find a few more details in the product page.
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