James Bond was a spy who had to steal top-secret information by using a microdot concealed in a cigarette. We live in a digital age but still have sensitive and valuable information that must be protected from prying eyes.
Kingston Technology is the best company to get encrypted storage devices if James Bond was smuggling secrets. The IronKey Privacy 80 External SSD (VP80ES), Kingston’s first OS-independent SSD, features a touchscreen and hardware encryption to protect top-secret data.
The new IronKey VP80ES can be used as easily as unlocking a phone. It also allows for easy drag-and-drop file transfer. The VP80ES’ intuitive color touchscreen and XTS 256-bit encryption make it FIPS 197-certified. It can protect sensitive data and is easy to use. This little drive can transfer large data at speeds up to 250MB/s.
This new drive is capable of surviving what are known as Brute Force attacks or BadUSB. Its digitally signed firmware allows users to use it regardless of whether they are an SMB or freelance content creator working at home. Kingston claims that the VP80ES’s military-grade security makes it a safer option than relying only on the Internet or the Cloud to secure important documents, information and videos for companies.
The VP80ES is easy to use and has the best hardware encryption. However, there are other features that can help protect data. The VP80ES has a multi-password feature that can be used by both admin and end-users. It uses either a PIN, or a passphrase with configurable rules for passwords.
You can choose between a numeric password or a memorable passphrase when you go to the drives admin section. You can set up password rules that are customizable and have additional security options such as a minimum length password of 664 characters, maximum number of password attempts per day, alphanumeric password rules for password protection, auto-timeout to lock the drive, secure erasure, and randomized touchscreen layout.
If the user forgets their password, the Admin-level password can be used for data restoration and access. The VP80ES’ Brute Force attack protection will crypto-erase your drive if the User or Administrator passwords are mistyped 15 times.
It doesn’t matter if someone using the device forgets their password. The VP80ES lets you include’spaces’ characters in your password. This makes it easier to remember such things as a list or lyrics from a favorite song. A PIN pad can also be used to unlock VP80ES. It works just like a regular smartphone. To decrease frustration and reduce failed login attempts, tap the “eye” button. This will display the password characters as they are being entered.
The Kingston IronKey VP80ES comes with a neoprene case and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 adapter cable cables to connect to USB-C or USB-A devices. This makes it great for those times when secure data must be physically moved.
Oscar Escayola Kaloudis, Kingston’s flash-business manager for European and Middle East market markets, is a former Kingston employee. He says: “As more people work remotely and beyond company firewalls, we want more military-grade security options for small and medium-sized businesses. This will complement our encrypted USB drives.” IronKey Vault Privacy80ES accomplishes exactly that. Users can control their data with the help of the color touchscreen, security features and a small form factor.
Prices & Availability: The Kingston IronKey Privacy 80 External SSD comes in capacities of 480GB, 960GB and 1,920GB. It is covered by a limited 3-year warranty and offers free technical support.
More info: kingston.com
- Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1.
- Connector: Type-C.
- Accessories: Neoprene travel case, USB 3.2 Gen 1 C-to-C cable, USB 3.2 Gen 1 C-to-A cable.
- Capacities: 480GB, 960GB, 1920GB.
- Speed: 250MB/s to read and 250MB/s to write
- Dimensions: 122.5×84.2×18.5mm
- Compatibility: USB 3.0/USB3.1/USB3.2 Gen 1.
- Limited Warranty of 3 Years
- Compatible with Microsoft Windows, macOS Linux, Linux, Chrome OS, or any other system that supports USB mass storage devices