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Kingston 16GB Data Traveler Locker+

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Posted January 12, 2010 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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With so many choices in the USB flash drive market, finding one that has hardware-based data encryption and security is an important consideration for many people. The Kingston Locker+ is one such drive that manages to offer just that with easy-to-use software that has some robust and straightforward features to likely suit most consumer needs. In truth, the software is more "setup" than actual "usage" and thus makes it even easier. The Locker+ does lack the AES encryption that only the most extreme users might require, but it’s about one-third the price as well.

Housed in a sleek and small package, the Locker+ uses a swivel-type design without any sort of cap, that is probably a love-hate thing. It’s great since it offers physical protection and no worries about losing the cap, but if you live in a humid, rainy, or snowing environment that I’d be a bit concerned about moisture affecting the open connection.

The performance results here are a bit of a mixed bag, with the Read speeds showing some impressive numbers, but the Write speeds simply cannot match any performance-class USB flash drive. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem since the tradeoff is you get the security features here instead. If you need the protection in a 16GB format, then chances are your primary concern isn’t write speeds anyways.

Retailing for about $85 USD, the Kingston 16GB DataTraveler Locker+ may not be the fastest USB flash drive on the market, but it does offer a reliable and easy-to-use hardware-based encryption security setup to satisfy consumers who are concerned about protecting their data and privacy.

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Kingston 16GB DataTraveler Locker+

Our thanks go to Kingston for providing the DataTraveler Locker+ for this review.

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