Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB USB Flash Drive Reviewed
The bottom line here is that the Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB USB flash drive offers the kind of security standard needed at every level of every day computing. If all flash drives offered AES 256-bit encryption and tamper proof physical security, we just might be farther ahead of the threat curve.
Pros
  • Full AES 256-bit Data Encryption
  • Manageable and Physically Secure
  • Good USB 3.0 Performance
Cons
  • Costs More Than Basic Flash Drives
9.5Overall Score
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Test Setup

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Testing was performed on five different workstations running different operating systems. Fortunately all that’s needed for reliable data transfer is a stable platform. The Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 operated correctly on each without issue.

Make sure that you alert your system administrators and cyber security engineers before plugging in your 4000 G2 flash drive. It will want to contact Active Directory and/or BlockMaster servers if you have purchased the support. You don’t want it auto blocked by firewalls or other security measures. Let’s see how the 4000 G2 works and performs.

Installation

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All you have to do is plug the Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 in to a working USB 3.0 port. Most systems will auto detect and communicate with the flash drive. You’ll be greeted with the screen above at which point you have to fill in the blanks.

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The drive volume opens. Interestingly, the amount of data isn’t visible until you log in. That keeps prying eyes from spotting hints of information.

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Under the Actions tab are the settings options. You have several languages to choose from, except for the countries that aren’t TAA approved, plus an automatic lockout setting which is a nice touch for ensuring better security in the event you walk away from your workstation.

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Users can also select Connect to SafeConsole under Actions. The flash drive will ask for a connection token. That token is typically created by an administrator action even under Active Directory which allows the flash drive to connect. Naturally, you’ll need to pay for the SafeConsole software. A SafeConsole Lifetime License for Kingston is $45. (Blockmaster also offers USB Lock Out and SafeConsole Cloud options.)

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