Kingston has just introduced its first hardware-encrypted touchscreen external storage drive. We are talking about the SSD IronKey Vault Privacy 80a solution in the best James Bond style to protect any type of information from prying eyes.
The American manufacturer has updated its range of products with this proposal that, as stated, it is ideal against brute force and badUSB attacks. To do this, it incorporates military-grade security measures that restrict access to data or delete it if necessary.
Remember the PIN or you will be in trouble
The IronKey works like any other SSD, but it has a color touchscreen that gives you the ability to set multiple passwords (administrator/user) for OS-independent encryption. These can be from numeric PIN or phrases.
The administrator has the privileges to manage user accounts, select the characteristics of the unit password (with a maximum length of 64 characters), set the maximum number of attempts and the timeout for the automatic lock.
The unit also has a “brute force attack protection system” (this is more James Bond functionality). It is a feature that delete all data if the administrator or user password is entered incorrectly 15 times in a row.
Kingston ensures that the owner will be able to use the PIN pad to unlock this SSD just like they would on their smartphone. And, to avoid accidental deletion, the interface shows an ‘eye’ button, which allows you to see the password when entering it.
The IronKey Vault Privacy 80 SSD has a USB-C connection and is compatible with all current operating systems (Windows, macOS, Linux, ChromeOS, etc.), it is certified FIPS 197 and XTS-AES 256-bit encryption mode and reaches a read and write speed of 250 MB/s.
At the moment, the unit is only offered in the United States in its three storage capacities: 480 GB, 960 GB, 1920 GB. Pricing starts at $289.99 for the 480GB model.
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