• Kingston Datatraveler 5000 Review

So you have a secret, maybe some information that you don't want public or just want to keep something from your significant other? Here is a fool-proof way to keep your data, pictures, and documents "on lock" - with the Kingston DataTraveler 5000. It's a titanium coated, stainless-steel case for rugged durability with the added bonus of it being water proof. It gives you a quick read (11MB/sec) and writes (5MB/Sec) for when you're on the go. It is USB 1.1 and greater complaint and compatible with Windows 7/Vista/Xp and Mac.

The Kingston Data Traveler 5000 is a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified - Federal Information Processing Standard is a way to set a minimum standard for the federal government information. The Level 2 signifies at least one or more FIPS cryptic algorithms are used and has a tamper evident coating. It also meets DAR directives which is a Data-At-Rest standards for mobile computing when a device isn't used, a 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption in XTS mode. What does this all mean? You can make a up to a 128 character password and if in ten attempts they cant figure it out it will auto format. So, the P.I. and corporate spies will find it impossible to crack this one even if they have the USB for long periods of time. If they try to pry it open or mess with it the case it will show right way, so your info. is safe and you'll know if some one has tried to tamper with it.

Kingston Datatraveler 5000

The Bang:

The great thing about this is the Password is not saved on drive or PC so unless they beat it out of you, it's pretty safe. It's waterproof and has an Operating Temp. 32°F(0°C) to 140°F(60°C) and Storage Temp. -4°F(-20°C) to 185°F(85°C).It will be a cold day in hell before something happens to it and even then you just have break off the icicles and plug it in. It's a little longer than your average USB but with your type of Security Level it gives you it's not an issue 3.06"(77.9mm) x 0.9"(22mm) x 0.47"(12.05mm).

The Slack:

I lost the cap twice. I found it and I know goes on the other end, but when I use it, I put the cap on the counter and lost it in the mess.

The Datatraveler 5000 is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, & 16 GB and come in a variety of casing colors. This USB meets or exceeds the standard set by using elliptic curve cryptography encryption algorithms (ECC) which meet the Suite B standards approved by the U.S. Government, Secure channel communication Digitally signed firmware updates using Suite B SHA-384 and ECDSA P-384, so no one is tricking this bad boy into anything, even in the updates. I am thoroughly impressed by the DataTraveler 5000. I am giving it a TOV 5 out of 5 for giving me ability to make a 128 character password like this: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness - 1234567891011121314. Yeah, that long.