Kingston Data Traveller Elite (2GB)

Kingston Data Traveller Elite (2GB)
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5

Pros

  • Unrivalled security features

Cons

  • Price

Bottom Line

There are certainly cheaper solutions on the market, but this is the first we’ve seen to keep your data this secure in a manner that’s almost entirely invisible to the end user and doesn’t adversely affect the convenience of the medium. It’s a perfect solution for both security-conscious corporations and consumers — assuming they’re Windows-only.

Would you buy this?

Because USB thumb drives are easily mislaid or stolen, they're a real security issue. It's possible to use software that encrypts your portable data by creating a password-protected partition, but this needs to be installed on any PC that needs to read your data. Kingston's new Data Traveller Elite - Privacy Edition gets around this problem by carrying everything it needs on-board.

Not only does it have an ARM7 co-processor that provides on-the-fly AES-128 (128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption of all the data that's written to the disk without noticeably affecting read/write performance, this USB 2.0 thumb drive also contains the necessary drivers and password management software. When you plug it into a new PC for the first time, a virtual CD containing the drivers and security layer is installed, and then the password prompt appears. It takes a little longer than installing a regular thumb drive, but is well worth the wait.

Owner details are shown on the log-in page - so it can be returned by an honest finder - and you only get 25 password attempts before the drive is wiped, which protects your data from "brute force" attacks. It's also worth noting that our best attempts to recover wiped files after this procedure proved fruitless, which is a good thing.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?