REVIEW: KINGSTON IRONKEY VAULT PRIVACY 80

REVIEW: KINGSTON IRONKEY VAULT PRIVACY 80

An Encrypted USB Drive With A Touchscreen Interface
By Rashmi Goel

About

Kingston introduces its first hardware-encrypted external SSD with a touch screen for data protection, the IronKeyTM Vault Privacy 80 External SSD. With digitally-signed firmware, VP80ES protects against Brute Force attacks as well as BadUSB attacks. The brute force attack protection system encrypts the drive if both the Admin and User passwords are entered incorrectly 15 times in a row. Drives are FIPS 197 certified and are secured with XTS-AES 256-bit encryption through a Common Criteria EAL5+ (CC EAL5+) certified secure microprocessor and are TAA compliant. VP80ES is an intuitive file transfer solution that protects data while being user-friendly, just as unlocking a smartphone is. Vault Privacy 80ES has an intuitive color touch screen and multi-password (Admin and User) option as well as passphrase or numeric PIN modes that make it an excellent alternative to using the internet and cloud services to secure data.

Kingston Digital Releases Touch-Screen Hardware-Encrypted External SSD for  Data Protection - CriticReviewer.com
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This drive is ideal for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) to content creators who need to store important company information, client documents, or high-resolution images and videos. The device comes with two USB 3.2 Gen 1 adaptor cables, USB Type-C®2 to Type-A and Type-C to Type-C, which facilitate the simple connection to computers and other devices. For those of you who need secured data and content out in the field or on the go, the VP80ES is the ideal companion for providing portable productivity and convenience. Password security can be configured by the administrator by configuring a maximum number of shared attempts, a minimum password length of 6 to 64 characters, and alphanumeric password regex rules. The 'space' character can also be used for making it easier to remember a passphrase such as a collection of words, a memorable quotation, or lyrics from a favorite song. Alternately, you can use the PIN pad to unlock just as you would on a mobile device, and reduce frustration and failed login attempts by tapping the "eye" button to view the entered password.

Design
IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD with Hardware Encryption - Kingston  Technology
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The best part about this product is that Kingston did not attempt to overdo the aesthetics. Kingston includes two USB cables for USB-A and USB-C, as well as a soft neoprene carry pouch with the USB-C external drive, which has a touch display on top. An opening on the front of the pouch appears to be intended for carrying cables, but it is not large enough to accommodate even one. It would have been better if the pouch had been divided inside. Besides the 'Quick Start Guide,' there is a user guide available on the Kingston website which provides extensive instructions in ten different languages. The metal blue finish of the VP80ES makes it appear that it is made of metal, but in fact, it is plastic. This helps keep the overall weight at 262g, including the cable. Upon plugging the VP80ES for the first time, the software on board prompts the owner to enter an admin password via the touch screen. It is approximately 60 x 45mm in size, although it is not flush with the case, and the recess limits the area available for touch interactions.

Features


Setting Up Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD - Kingston  Technology
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An intuitive interface can be operated with either a stylus (not included) or a finger. It is far easier to use a stylus because of the relatively small screen size combined with adult fingers. We are puzzled as to why a cheap stylus was not included, given the device's price. With FIPS 197 certified XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, you are protected. A secure microprocessor certified by Common Criteria EAL5+ protects against BadUSB and Brute Force attacks. A touchscreen interface that is unique and intuitive. Thanks to the intuitive, easy-to-use color touch screen, protecting your data is easy. Multi-Password (Admin/User) Option coupled with PIN/Passphrase modes.


Kingston IronKey external SSD features a color touchscreen, built-in  protection against brute-force attacks | TechSpot
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There is a multi-password option for data recovery with administrative access. Customizable password rules are available. Control the number of password attempts, the minimum length of the password between 6 and 64 characters, and numeric or alphabetical rules for passwords. Advanced security options are available. Lock the drive with an adjustable auto-timeout, randomize the layout of the touch screen, and securely erase the drive to erase any passwords and encryption keys. Configuration of read-only (write-protection) mode. Using two levels of Read-only protection, you will stay protected against cybersecurity threats. These products have all of the clever features hidden on the inside, but the designers have created something that should not intimidate the average user.

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