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Kingston Technology's DataTraveler 2000 cvUSB 3.0 encrypted keypad flash drive is not your average flash drive. It might be the best and most important flash drive you can own.

It's available in storage sizes up to 128GB ($234), which is great but what makes it so valuable is multiple layers of security keeping data safe and secure starting with a PIN when it's first plugged in. The only thing to put the flash drive out of reach is losing it, but even then the stored data stays hidden since it's password protected.

An easy-to-use alphanumeric keypad is built on the outside of the flash drive, which comes preloaded with a password and instructions for changing it to anything 7-15 digits in length. With step-by-step instructions, it takes about 30 seconds to complete the change.

From there the only requirement is to remember the password. And in the event it's forgotten, the DT2000 can be reset to the default settings. Kingston Brute Force Hacking Detection technology will permanently delete the flash drive's content after the incorrect password is attempted 10 consecutive times.

Besides the alphanumeric keypad, there are several other security layers. For one, when it's removed from the computer's USB port, it automatically locks. When it's put back in, the password is required.

According to Kingston, the DT2000 is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified, to meet a frequently requested corporate IT requirement. USB 3 speeds are 135MB/s read, 40MB/s write, and with USB 2.0, speeds are 30MB/s read, 20MB/s write.

 

The owner can set themselves up as an administrator with a PIN and grant access to other users, create read-only or write access, and use a timeout lock mode.

With the included storage sleeve, the DT2000 measures 3.14-by-0.78-by-0.41-inches, offers military-grade 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption, is waterproof and dust-proof (IP57), and has a built-in keyring attachment. Kingston lists compatibility with Windows, macOS, Linux kernel, and Chrome OS Android.

www.kingston.com also available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

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