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DataTraveler Elite - Privacy Edition

USB flash drives have replaced floppy drives as the easiest way to carry your data with you — and as one of the most easily misplaced pieces of technology in your briefcase. How often have you left that tiny USB drive still plugged into the your client's PC, or in a hotel room drawer, or on a table at Starbuck's?

If you do lose your USB drive, of course, you can always replace it — while you're wondering if anybody is reading your business's quarterly reports, or picking your social security number off of that letter to your accountant. Kingston Technologies is now offering a new USB drive that, it says, will solve that problem by making the data on your USB drive inviolable.

The DataTraveler Elite - Privacy Edition (also called DTE Privacy) does this by offering 128-bit hardware-based AES encryption, along with a somewhat complicated password policy. The drive comes in 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB models, ranging in price from $48 to $347.

Password Protection
The first time you plug the DTE Privacy into your USB port, a window pops up that asks you to create a password from six to 16 characters long that contains at least three specific attributes chosen from upper-case letters, lower-case letters, digits, and special characters. After that, every time you plug in the DTE Privacy drive, a popup appears asking for the password.

Kingston's DataTraveler Elite - Privacy Edition USB key encrypts data and password-protects access to it.

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