The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy is another USB drive not strictly aimed at consumers. But if it's good enough for the government, it can probably handle a few of our secure files.

The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy has the same look and feel as the BlackBox but is considerably lighter. Security features are also identical, except this far-cheaper drive hasn't been FIPS-certified.

As with the BlackBox, then, the Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy features 256bit AES encryption and strong password-protection and will automatically reformat itself after 10 failed access attempts.

Despite Kingston claiming the same 24 megabits per second (Mbps) read speeds for the DataTraveler Vault Privacy as with the BlackBox, this drive's has far slower write speeds at just 10Mbps.


The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy is secure enough to protect government data, so it's good enough for us. It's read and write speeds aren't amazing, but the price tag is tempting for the privacy it affords.