Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Review
By Akim Green
Manufacturer: Kingston Technology Corporation
Product Name: DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Flash Drive
Model Number: DTVP30AVAV/64GB
UPC: 5054533533011 EAN: 5054533533011
Price As Tested: $162.99 (Amazon | Newegg)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Kingston.
Nowadays it seems personal data is constantly targeted for unauthorized access; whether remotely or by physically means. AES encryption has been stellar in its ability secure data, especially in its 256 bit implementation whose encryption takes an exponentially long time to brute-force hack, even on today’s fastest machines. The DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Flash Drive, which uses a more secure XTS-AES encryption and is FIPS-197 certified, is aimed towards business users who deal with sensitive data. Benchmark Reviews evaluates this digital storage device to see how well it performs in securing a users precious files.
Regular USB drives can be encrypted using built in OS features or third party software. While effective these methods are not optimal: they use the computers resources and drives encrypted this way are no more secure than the OSs’ used to encrypt them, in some cases. Storage medium with dedicated crypto hardware alleviates the problem by using an on board cryptographic processor responsible for scrambling the stored data.
In this review, we will evaluate the speed and security of the drive: testing its performance with some benchmarks as well as exploring some typical use cases.
Features and Specifications
- ESET Antivirus Protection
- Business Grade Security
- SuperSpeec (USB 3.0) technology
- FIPS-197 certified and TAA compliant
USB 3.0: 250MB/s read, 85MB/s write
USB 2.0: 30MB/s read, 20MB/s write
- Dimensions: 77.9 mm x 22.2 mm x 12.05 mm
Waterproof: Up to 4 ft.; conforms to IEC 60529 IPX8. Product must be clean and dry before use.
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 60°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C to 85°C
Minimum System Requirements: Two (2) free drive letters required for use
Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista® (SP2), Mac OS X v.10.7.x -10.11.x, Linux v. 2.6.x
Note: DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Anti-Virus is not compatible with Mac OS or Linux.