31a Kingston Intros DataTraveler Locker+ G2 Secure Flash Drive

Kingston Digital launched its newest line of secure USB flash drives, under the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 series. The drives use USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface, and provide some very mainstream transfer speeds, but provides native data encryption, and a cross-platform user authentication system.

Kingston Digital launched its newest line of secure USB flash drives, under the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 series. The drives use USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface, and offer some very mainstream transfer speeds, but provide native data encryption, and a cross-platform user authentication system.

31b Kingston Intros DataTraveler Locker+ G2 Secure Flash Drive

The Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 is available in four capacities, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB; and offers transfer-rates as high as 10 MB/s reads with 5 MB/s writes, a trade-off for the drive's native (hardware) data-encryption feature. The drive uses an auto-run user-authentication system that's password-based, and runs on both Windows and Mac OS X. The system sets a changeable master password on first use, which can then be used to grant access to all the contents of the drive, or select contents, using account-based authentication. Up to 20 accounts, each having access to select portions of the drive's contents, can be created. The drive locks down and formats itself after 10 invalid login attempts. 

Measuring 58.00 mm x 18.6 mm x 9.75 mm, the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 has an operating temperature range of 0-60°C. It is built in the conventional capped form-factor, with a ruggedised metal body covering most parts of the drive. Commenting on the launch, Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston, said "Data security for consumers is simple and affordable with the new DataTraveler Locker+ G2. The data encryption makes this the perfect USB drive to keep your information safe and out of strangers’ hands in case it ever gets lost."

Backed by a 5-year warranty, the 4, 8, 16, and 32 gigabyte variants of the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 are priced at $18, $21, $37, and $82 (USD), respectively. Kingston also started a co-branding programme that allows businesses ordering in sizable quantities to have their company logos printed on the drives.