At heights to which we are, it is possible that many of you to see memories or pen drives USB as something of the past: you prefer a storage service in the cloud, from which you can access data from any device and even manipulate them from browser. USB memory for you is something tangible a lump unnecessary in the days running.
However, that does not mean there is no longer a place to raise some other innovation in these USB drives. This is the case of the Kingston DataTraveler 2000; a memory that stores encrypts data through a numeric code that introduce ourselves with the buttons on the device with an AES 256 – bit encryption.
A justifiable size and good performance
The Kingston DataTraveler 2000 is a USB flash drive something bigger than normal, but still fits in any pocket small.
The DataTraveler 2000 is a rather large pendrive (and has to be to add all the buttons you have on the outside): no cap measures 78x18x8mm. At first glance it is a somewhat bigger than we are used to seeing normally memory but have tried not overdo the width and avoid taking up space from the other USB ports can be on the computer we use. Let’s look at the raw specifications:
- Port Type: USB 2.0 or USB 3.1
- Capacity: 16, 32 and 64 GB
- Speed read / write: 30/20 MB / s in USB 2.0 models, 120/20 MB / s in USB 3.1 16GB model, 135/40 MB / s in USB 3.1 models 32 and 64 GB.
- Compatibility: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10, OS X 10.8 or later, Chrome OS and Android.
For some reason, the model gives Kingston has given us read speeds than double the advertised. Have they been wise?
In the keypad abroad, plus the number buttons, we have two indicators to see if we have the encrypted memory or unlocked and a button with the symbol of a key to unlock the data. If we want to enter the code, press the sequence is key button + code + button on the key. We will see that the lock indicator tell us that we have unlocked the device, and thereafter we will have 30 seconds to connect it to the USB port of a computer, plenty of time even when we need to locate that port.
Beware of trying to enter that code too many times: we were wrong ten times in succession; the DataTraveler 2000 deletes all data storage and reconfigures the factory key automatically. It is the measure of protection as possible against brute force attacks.
The hardware itself Kingston puts us certain demands when generating a key: it must be between 7 and 15 characters long, cannot consist of a single number repeated several times and it cannot be a sequence of consecutive numbers (i.e. cannot be 12345678 98765432 no). The default password that comes with the device is 11223344, and obviously change is recommended for anyone who knows this can access our data.
Extras: Read-only mode and access time limit
The access code DataTraveler 2000 goes beyond simply controlling access and provides a layer of security on our data. It also gives us a read – only mode, in which no one can edit or delete the data stored in the memory unless the landlord again reconfigured to be allowed.
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We also have another option: set a time period between 1 and 99 minutes in which, when it is finished, the USB memory is automatically locked as is. Suitable, for example, in cases where leave unattended memory and not firms people we have around us.
Logically, to memorize the key and allow the lock to operate even when disconnected from the computer the DataTraveler 2000 has an internal battery. You have to charge it for 60 minutes before first use, and not what autonomy is specified. Anyway, counting only has to feed the code entry buttons and that is loaded each time you connect to a computer memory should not be a problem.
The DataTraveler 2000 has also taken into account the format of your file system: format the USB memory can smoothly and without worrying about the safety key is lost. The only limitation we have is that the format must be FAT32 or NTFS, so OS X can use only FAT32 and therefore cannot store files larger than 4 GB.