DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Testing and Results
Hardware based encryption, without a hardware interface to enter a password may make a flash drive less versatile than regular USB sticks. Does the DTVP30AV in turn, possess any unique or special functionality to compensate for this shortcoming? Enabling and disabling full disk encryption on a drive is a timely, resource intensive task using OS or third party software. Disks encrypted this way are known to perform slower in certain scenarios, is the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 ‘s transfer also speed affected by the encryption process? We attempt to answer these questions in the following section.
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4
– i5 6500
– Gigabyte H110M-A
– Corsair LPX 2400MHz
– Adata SP550 128GB
– Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Despite a plastic-like feeling, the casing of the unit is actually constructed of aluminum.The sides of the drive are reinforced by rigged plastic panels to reduce shock damage from drops and such, and the unit is waterproof to boot. Curiously, Kingston doesn’t mention the water resistance in online store descriptions, but this is possibly because the drive is only water resistant with the cover attached. The size of the DTVP30AV may seem unusually excessive but it is necessary to house the additional encryption hardware and improve heat dissipation.
The primary function of this device is to protect the users data. The DTVP30AV performs this duty very well and does not sacrifice performance. It is only compatible with certain operating systems; in order to unlock drive’s primary partition, an applet located on a small read only volume must be executed which will prompt the the user
must enter his/her password:
As a result, it is impossible to use the drive as a boot medium. A relatively complex password is required and it is recommended you record it elsewhere or commit it to memory. The software also allows the drive to be accessed in read only mode.
If the password is forgotten, you will have ten attempts to enter it before all user data is destroyed. Once unlocked, the user is free to format (to exFAT or NTFS) and populate the disk as desired. The DTVP30AV does not allow creating partitions using the Disk Management utility in Windows.
Kingston offers three variants of the DTVP30AV: the managed version with SafeConsole management software, the standard version – with just encryption capability, and the antivirus edition being reviewed. The antivirus installation pops up whenever the drive is inserted. It would nice if it were possible to disable the message.
The software is pre-licensed for five years. After downloading, the antivirus program will be installed to the flash drive for a portable setup.
The antivus software is somewhat resource intensive and runs every time the drive is unlocked. There is no option alter the virus scan frequency, the only changeable paramerter is language.