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Kingston Unveils its New IronKey Touch-Screen Hardware-Encrypted External SSDs

Kingston Digital, the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology, has announced the release of the newest addition to its encrypted lineup, IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD (VP80ES). This marks Kingston’s first innovative OS-independent external SSD with touch-screen and hardware encryption for data protection.

Using Kingston IronKey VP80ES is as innate as unlocking a smartphone and simple drag & drop file transfers. Featuring an intuitive colour touch-screen and FIPS 197 certified with XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, VP80ES is designed to protect data while also being user-friendly. The drive is ideal to safeguard against Brute Force attacks and BadUSB with digitally-signed firmware for users from small-to-medium businesses (SMB) to content creators. Its military-grade security measures make it greatly superior to using the internet and Cloud services for securing important company information, documents, or high-res images and videos.

Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSDs

Along with its ease of use and hardware encryption, VP80ES offers additional features for data protection, like Multi-Password (Admin/User) Option with PIN/Passphrase modes and Configurable Password Rules. With the Admin option, choose between numeric PIN or Passphrase modes, set Configurable Password Rules, or enable extended security options like a maximum number of shared password attempts, minimum password length of 6-64 characters, alphanumeric password rules, auto-timeout to lock drive, randomize touch-screen layout and Secure-Erase to ensure maximum protection of your important files. The Admin password can be used to restore data and access should the User password be forgotten. For additional peace of mind, VP80ES’ Brute Force attack protection crypto-erases the drive if the Admin and User passwords are entered incorrectly 15 times in a row by default.

Don’t fear forgetting your password, though: with the use of the ‘space’ character it can be easier to remember a passphrase as a list of words, a memorable quote, or lyrics from a favourite song. Otherwise, the PIN pad can be used to unlock VP80ES, just as you would on a mobile device. To reduce failed login attempts and frustration, tap the “eye” button to view the password as entered. VP80ES is bundled with a neoprene travel case and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 adapter cables to easily connect to USB Type-C 2 or Type-A supporting computers and other devices, making it the perfect companion that enables portable productivity and convenience when you need to secure data and content on-the-go.

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Where Can I Learn More?

Kingston has confirmed that the IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD is available in 480 GB, 960 GB, and 1920 GB capacities and is backed by a limited three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. – Although they have not confirmed any prices and/or regional release dates, if you want to learn more about this super secure portable SSD storage device, you can check out the official product website via the link here!

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