Menu
Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2

Encrypted USB 2.0 flash drive

This little USB 2.0 flash drive in 4GB to 32GB capacities includes hardware encryption for secure file storage.

The outer casing is metal, with a very solid keyring loop at the end. The cap is secured with a plastic push-fit mechanism, which I was sure would break quickly. So, I kept the Locker+ G2 on my keyring for over two months to test it. As I write this, the cap still fits perfectly and – apart from a faded logo – the metal casing looks brand-new.

You access the drive via onboard software. Setup is simple: just add a password. You can also use a password hint and your contact details, which are readily viewable to anyone that uses the drive. You enter the password every time you insert the drive on a Windows/Mac PC to access your protected files.

If you enter the wrong password ten times, the drive locks up and wipes itself. You can still format the drive, however – so you lose all the protected data, and end up with a factory-fresh USB drive.

Kingston advertises speeds of up to 10MByte/s read, 5MByte/s write. Using incompressible data, we measured speeds almost twice as fast – sequential reads averaging 17MBytes/s, and writes averaging 10MBytes/s. We’ve seen USB 2.0 flash drives that averaged 28-32Mbyte/s read, and 14-15MBytes/s write. So, the Locker+ G2’s performance is reasonable when you factor in the encryption.

Altogether, it’s a good USB 2.0 drive with hardware encryption, for a reasonable price. It’s a shame Kingston doesn’t publicise the encryption method used; we can’t speak to the quality of its security.

This review was first published in the May issue of PC World New Zealand.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Under Review

Featured

Slideshows

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ

HP marked 50 years in New Zealand at an event in the vendor's Auckland's headquarters last night, with a host of key channel figures coming along to celebrate. Photos by HP.

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ
EDGE 2017 - Icebreaker Sessions round 2

EDGE 2017 - Icebreaker Sessions round 2

EDGE guests experience the value of networking at the second round of Icebreaker sessions.. Photos by Maria Stefina

EDGE 2017 - Icebreaker Sessions round 2
Show Comments