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Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive Review

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Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive Closer Look:

As I mentioned earlier, the security on the DataTraveler 4000 G2 is software controlled. The software works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, depending on the version. All the software works the same way no matter what OS so we will only be looking at it on Windows. When you first plug in the DT4000 G2 drive, you are prompted to create a security password that will be used for the protection. Looking at the password requirements, you need to choose a password between 8 to 16 characters long and it must contain a combination of at least three of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, digits, and special characters. Once you choose your password and confirm, the drive will format itself for use using that security key.

 

 

Once the format is completed, the drive is ready for use. To operate, the DataTraveler 4000 GT uses two drive letters: one for a read-only, non-secure partition that houses the unlock applications and manual, and one for the secure data itself. When the drive is in use, there is a tray control icon that is used to enter the settings and shut down the drive. The drive needs to be shut down before being pulled out of the system. This ensures the encrypted partition is unmounted and the drive is ready for safe removal. In the settings for the DT4000, you have the option to change the password should you need to without deleting the encrypted data and set some personal info should the drive become lost. You can also set the language for the drive software.

 

 

 

One of the security features is if an incorrect password is entered ten times, the drive will protect itself by re-formatting and securely erasing the data to prevent it from being recovered. While this does not help you retrieve the data, it ensures the sensitive information will not fall into the wrong hands. To test this, I entered the wrong password ten times and sure enough on the tenth time the drive prompted me to enter a new password and formatted the drive clean.

 

 

Now that we have the software out of the way, we can move to the testing.




  1. Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive: The Software
  3. Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive: Specifications & Features
  4. Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive: Testing
  5. Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive: Conslusion
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