- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 1, 2006

Nice-to-know, from Kingston Technologies:

Thousands of military personnel stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon receive their own Kingston DataTraveler Elite - Privacy (DTEP) edition USB drive, thanks a recent donation the Fountain Valley, Calif. company made through Operation Gratitude (www.operationgratitude.com).

Kingston’s DTE Privacy Edition USB drive is the industry’s first fully-secure USB drive to offer 100 percent privacy, automatically encrypt data on-the-fly using 128-bit AES hardware encryption, and permit users to view encrypted files without the need for additional software. In addition, the entire drive is protected by a complex password protocol mechanism that locks out would-be attackers after 25 failed password attempts.

That’s nice, given incidents, as Kingston’s PR firm points out, [such as] “the one recently reported by several media outlets where stolen U.S. Military USB drives housing sensitive information turned up for sale at local bazaars outside a large military installation in Afghanistan.”

More info on the products is at www.kingston.com; perhaps the folks over at Veteran’s Affairs will want to investigate these as well.


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