Last week, I got an interesting package in the mail. Kingston sent me a 4gb DataTraveller Locker to review, with the request that I try it out for a week and then publish my thoughts on it when i’ve finished.
Out of the packaging, the DataTraveler Locker is a fairly appealing usb flash drive. The actual flash drive is kept inside a metal cover, from which the flash drive swivels out for when it needs to be used.
The build quality is rather good, with the device feeling very sturdy and not seeming like it would break easily from something like a drop onto concrete (which has been how at least one of my previous flash drives met their demise).
As for the performance of the flash drive, it functions as any other usb flash drive would. You plug it in, wait for the computer to recognise it, then put your files on to it. When not using the security features built into the DT Locker, it seemed identical to using a standard usb drive, read/write speeds were fairly fast and consistent and didn’t experience any notable problems during day-to-day use.
The main selling point, the hardware encryption, was a simple feature to activate. All
that you need to do to access the encrypted data is to open the DT Encryptor program which comes on the drive. You won’t need to install any extra software to make this work as it’s already installed on the usb drive. You’ll then be asked to enter a password (or assign a password if you haven’t previously used this feature) to be able to access the secure area of the flash drive, where the encrypted data is stored. During my day-to-day use of the DT Locker, accessing files in the secure area of the drive did add a couple seconds to the time it would usually take me to access files on a flash drive, but I guess that could be overlooked since the drive keeps your data secure and the time it takes to unlock/lock the secure area isn’t really long enough to cause any inconveniences.
+ Looks and feels like a well made and sturdy flash drive
+ The hardware encryption seems to work rather well
– You’ll need to manually unlock the drive each time you connect it to a computer.