Kingston releases Super Secure USB IronKey Drive

Kingston Technology released its latest super-secure IronKey SD earlier this month. It includes a screen that allows you to tap in a password or PIN. Kingston now offers an encrypted USB thumb drive for those situations when data must be portable and secure in the event of a theft or misappropriation.

FIPS 197 certified, the Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 50 is equipped with AES 256-bit Hardware Encryption in XTS mode. The new USB drive supports complex or passphrase modes, as well as password recovery passwords for Admin, User, and One-Time Recovery. Multiple password styles allow users to recover data if they forget their password.

The traditional Complex password mode, which includes 6-16 characters and 3 of the 4 character sets, is still available. However, the new passphrase mode allows users to select a numeric PIN or a sentence. Or even the lyrics of a favorite song, with up to 64 characters. An “eye” symbol that can be turned on to show the password while it is being typed in will help users enter their password accurately. This will reduce the number of unsuccessful login attempts.

To restore data access, the drive’s administrator user can either set a User or One-Time Recovery password. The VP50 provides protection against Brute Force attacks. It locks out One-Time Recovery or User passwords after 10 consecutive invalid attempts. If the Admin password is incorrectly entered 10 times, the drive will crypto-erase it data. The data will be lost but there is no risk of data breaches.

Kingston IronKey 50 can protect against malware on untrusted computers. To write-protect the drive, both the User and Admin must be set to Read-Only. The built-in virtual keyboard also protects passwords against keyloggers and screen loggers.

Kingston’s Customization Program allows you to customize and configure the Kingston IronKey VP50 with a ProductID (PID). This will allow you to integrate with standard Endpoint Management software in order for your company’s IT and cybersecurity needs.

Small and medium-sized businesses can use the drive’s administrator role to manage local drives. This includes password resets for employees or One-Time Recovery passwords. It also allows users to access data on locked drives. Users must comply with all laws and regulations regarding forensic use. The VP50 provides encrypted storage under user control. This makes it safer than relying upon the Internet or cloud services to protect critical data.

Prices & Availability: The Kingston IronKey Privacy 50 USB Drive comes in capacities from 8GB to 256GB. It is covered by a five-year limited warranty, and Kingston provides technical support at no additional charge.

More info: kingston.com.


Specifications & Features:

  • USB Drive with Hardware Encryption for Data Protection
  • FIPS 197 certified
  • 256-bit encryption with XTS-AES
  • Prevention is attacked by BadUSB and Brute Force
  • Multi-Password Option.
  • Passphrase Mode: Choose between Passphrase or Complex password mode.
  • Protect password entry from screen loggers and keyloggers with virtual keyboard
  • Dual Read-Only/Write-Protect settings
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1.
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Connector: Type-A
  • Speed: USB 3.2 Gen 1.
  • 8GB – 128GB, 250MB/s to read, 180MB/s to write
  • 256GB: 230MB/s Read, 150MB/s Write
  • USB 2.0: 8GB to 256GB: 30MB/s Read; 20MB/s Write
  • Dimensions: 77.9×21.9×12.0mm
  • Waterproof: Maximum 4 feet; IEC 60529 IPX8.
  • Temperature range: 0°C to 60°C.
  • Compatibility: USB 3.0/USB3.1/USB3.2 Gen 1.
  • Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty. Technical support is free.
  • Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, and 8.1, macOS (v.10.14.x – 12.x.x).
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