This $24 Flash Drive Is Encrypted, Password-Protected & Boasts a Self-Destruct Feature

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If you do most of your work on a computer, then we know that doesn’t mean your work is limited to one place or one computer. We work on planes, trains, subways, libraries, coffee shops, in the back of Ubers (if the traffic is bad enough) — virtually anywhere where we can sit down for longer than five minutes can turn into an office. And while that work everywhere philosophy may be slightly more complicated in the age of COVID-19, protecting your files is as important as ever.

For those who see an airplane seat and tray table as a mobile office, you’re going to want a flash drive that can keep up with your travel schedule. That’s where the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 comes in.

  

Durability and Data Protection

The Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3, a secure flash drive, was built with travel and durability in mind. It has a solid metal casing with a metal key ring hole at the bottom. You can easily attach it to your keys and not worry about accidentally losing it. It can also take plenty of abuse and still keep all of your data intact. Plus, the metal casing straight up just looks cool.

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With its tiny footprint and protective metal casing, the KDTL’s portability is top level. But the real reason to get this flash drive has nothing to do with durability.

This secure flash drive offers password protection and encryption to protect sensitive information like customer data, receipts, financial statements or personal financial records.

The entire encryption and data storage is operated by a CDSF drive that loads and runs a non-intensive 10mb program when you plug it into a computer (Mac or PC). If you don’t have the password, you can’t access the drive. It’s as simple as that.

For protection, The KDTL has a Mission Impossible-esque, “this message will self-destruct in five seconds” security feature. Well, not exactly, but if you were to lose your hard drive and someone else tried to be sneaky and reset the password — all of the data stored would be automatically wiped from the Data Traveler the second the password resets. Likewise, after 10 failed log-in attempts, this secure flash drive will destroy your data.

That is an important piece of information to understand: there is no way to recover your password once it is set or lost — no email recovery, no nothing — once it’s set, that’s it. And if you lose it, your data goes with it.

Even though the flash drive is operational with both Mac and PC operating systems, many users and reviews have expressed the need to go to the Kingston website and download the MAC OS firmware update to have it function properly with Mac. You’ll want to do this before you put any files on your hard drive. Downloading the firmware will format the drive and all data previously stored will be wiped.

This secure flash drive is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options. Regardless of what size you choose, your data will be secure both physically and digitally.

  

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