Kingston’s new touch screen drive offers security features that even James Bond could choose from.


In the past, spies like James Bond had to smuggle top secret information using microdots hidden in cigarettes and similar objects. Now we live in a digital age, but we still have very important and sensitive information that we need to protect from taking our eyes off it.

If James Bond had been smuggling secrets today, he would have turned to Kingston Technology for one of the company’s newest encrypted storage devices. The IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD (VP80ES) is Kingston’s first innovative OS-independent external SSD with a touchscreen and hardware encryption to keep your top confidential data safe.

Using the new IronKey VP80ES is as simple as unlocking your smartphone and also uses simple drag-and-drop file transfers. With an intuitive color touchscreen and XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, the VP80ES is FIPS 197 certified and easy to use while protecting sensitive data. With read and write speeds of up to 250 MB/s, this tiny drive is perfect for moving large amounts of data.

The new drive can withstand brute force attacks and what is known as BadUSB. This is thanks to digitally signed firmware for users, whether they are SMBs or freelance content creators working from home. Kingston argues that the military security used in the VP80ES is a much safer choice than relying on the Internet or the cloud to protect sensitive company information, documents, and videos.

Along with ease of use and top-notch hardware encryption, the VP80ES has other features to keep your data safe. These features include multiple password options that can be set separately for both administrators and end users using a PIN or password with a configurable password rule.

The drive management option is to choose between using a numeric PIN or a password you can remember. Extended security and configurable password rules such as maximum shared password attempts, minimum password length 6-64 characters, alphanumeric password rules, automatic timeout to lock the drive, random touchscreen layout and secure erase for maximum protection of important files There are options. .

Admin level passwords can be used to restore data and access data if end users forget their passwords. For added peace of mind, the brute-force protection of the VP80ES can encrypt and erase the drive if an admin or user password is entered incorrectly 15 times in a row.

Of course, waterproof security is not very good if the person using the device keeps forgetting the password. The VP80ES can include ‘space’ characters in passwords, making it easier to remember passwords, be it a word list, memorable quote or lyrics to your favorite songs. And you can use a PIN pad instead of a password to unlock the VP80ES just like a regular smartphone. To reduce the number of failed login attempts and frustration, users can press the “eye” button to see the password characters being entered.

Kingston IronKey VP80ES comes with a neoprene travel case and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 adapter cables for USB-C connectivity. Or, if you have a USB-A device and need to physically relocate your secure data, it’s ideal for on-the-go use.

Oscar Escayola Kaloudis is Kingston’s Flash Business Manager for European and Middle East markets. He adds: “As more and more people continue to work outside their home and business firewalls, we want to provide a high-capacity option with user-friendly, military-grade security for small businesses to complement traditional encrypted USB drives. IronKey Vault Privacy 80ES does just that. With a color touchscreen, tons of security features, and a small form factor, users have true control over their data.”

Pricing and Availability: The Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD is available in 480, 960 and 1920GB capacities and comes with a 3-year limited warranty and free technical support.

More info: kingston.com

Technical Specifications:

  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1.
  • Connector: Type C.
  • Accessories: Neoprene travel case, USB 3.2 Gen 1 C-to-C cable, USB 3.2 Gen 1 C-to-A cable.
  • Capacity: 480GB, 960GB, 1920GB.
  • Speed: Up to 250MB/s read, 250MB/s write.
  • Dimensions: 122.5 x 84.2 x 18.5mm.
  • Compatibility: USB 3.0/USB 3.1/USB 3.2 Gen 1.
  • Warranty: Limited 3-year warranty.
  • Compatible: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS, or any system that supports USB mass storage devices.

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