Kingston Technology Launches Fully Compatible Secure USB Drive for Apple Mac Systems

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Hardware Based Encrypted Drive offers Seamless Interoperability between MAC and PC Systems

Infosecurity Europe, 2009 -- Kingston Digital Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of Kingston Digital Inc, today announced that the Kingston Technology DataTraveler Vault - Privacy Edition is now fully compatible with Apple Mac operating systems (OSX 10.4x - 10.5x). The ultra secure hardware-based encrypted USB drive does not require any Windows software installation prior to use. For a live view of the Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition benefits and features see ‘Mission: Ultra Secure’ <> on

“The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition is an essential solution for any corporate enterprise or government body that wants to transport confidential information securely,” said Mark Akoubian, Flash Memory Business Manager, Kingston Technology. “With the new DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition, users can take advantage of 100% forced hardware based encryption and safeguard their sensitive data without compromising on interoperability between Windows and Apple Mac operating systems”.

The DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition features 256-bit AES hardware- based encryption; the best commercially available encryption algorithm developed to date and is more secure than software based encryption. The drive automatically locks after 10 unsuccessful login attempts and then reformats itself; removing any data on the drive. Additionally, users can benefit from the ease of use, as no software or admin rights are required and quick data transfer rates, which allow users to quickly encrypt their data. For added protection the USB drive comes in a protective aluminum casing and is waterproof (up to 4 feet). Do not go diving with it though.

Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA.

The world is now eagerly awaiting the promised Linux version of this encrypted drive, and the same for others. The version here must on the same Linux kernel as that of the older versions of Ubuntu, such as the Ubuntu “Dapper Drake”, the 6.10, which is the widest used, to this day, distro of Linux Ubuntu and also employed by many governments – though not in the UK.

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