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Kingston DataTraveler Locker+

*Est. $25 for 16 GB
Reviewed
March 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Kingston DataTraveler Locker+

Pros
  • 256-bit security
  • Extremely low price
  • Swivel cap can't be lost
Cons
  • USB 2.0 transfer speeds
  • Installation conflicts for some users
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Reviewers agree that the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ offers a decent, cheap secure solution for those who don't need government-grade security on their USB flash drive. The DT Locker+ offers 256-bit, hardware-based encryption, protected by a password that you set. After 10 incorrect password entries, it reformats the drive, at which point it becomes usable again (but without your data). You save a hint when you first set the password, which you can request again at any time.

The drive requires two spare drive letters: one that's used for the public installation files, and one that becomes visible when you've unlocked the secure portion of the drive, where your own files go.

Reviewers liked the drive's simple security, its cap design (a swiveling cover means the cap can't get lost) and price. They were less enthusiastic about the low USB 2.0 transfer speeds, common among secure drives. Users at Amazon.com reported conflicts and issues when attempting to install the drive while using a USB hub and while having external card readers of any kind attached to their computers.

Professional reviews of the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ are posted at sites including Computerworld.com, PCMag.com, CravingTech.com and The-Gadgeteer.com. About 70 users weigh in on Amazon.com.

Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

PC Magazine awards 4 out of 5 stars to the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+, praising its professional-quality 256-bit encryption, low price and swivel cap that can't be lost. Their only con is its lack of Linux compatibility.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ (8GB), Brian Westover, Feb. 22, 2012

2. Computerworld.com

Computerworld.com compares the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ and the earlier Locker (no plus) model. Reviewer Lucas Mearian praises the drive's security, which locks down and reformats after 10 unsuccessful password attempts, a feature that is rare at this price point. He also likes the swivel cap design. He does one transfer of real-world data, finding the results acceptable.

Review: Review: Kingston's New USB Drive Offers Public and Encrypted Partitions, Lucas Mearian, Jan. 26, 2010

3. TheGadgeteer.com

The-Gadgeteer.com reviews the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ USB flash drive, praising its hardware-based encryption, simple password entry and low price. You do trade off the ability to boot with the drive or use Linux, he notes. The drive's security will wipe the hard drive after 10 incorrect password entries, but at that poinit becomes usable again.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ USB Flash Drive Review, John Schettino, May 28, 2010

4. Techgage.com

Reviewer Rob Williams tests the speed of the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ drive using benchmarks and real-world data, finding that the read speed nearly tops out the USB 2.0 connection, while the write speed is respectable for a secure USB flash drive. The device is easy to use once it's been installed, requiring a password but no other special steps. The cons at the time he writes this review are the price (considerably higher than the current estimated price) and its incompatibility with Linux.

Review: Quick-Gage: Kingston 16GB DataTraveler Locker+, Rob Williams, Dec. 2, 2009

5. TestFreaks.com

Reviewer Tomas Ratas awards a perfect 10-star score to the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ secure USB flash drive, noting that at launch it was pricey and that it is not Linux compatible, but that any drawbacks are offset by the performance, rugged design, simple security and Windows/MacOS compatibility of the drive.

Review: DataTraveler Locker+ 16GB USB Flash Drive, Tomas Ratas, April 1, 2010

6. CravingTech.com

CravingTech.com reviews the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ secure USB flash drive, praising its svelte design, swivel cap and installation-free security. Because the drive is always encrypted, giving it to a friend is not possible unless you're willing to share your password, writer Michael Aulia notes.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ Review, Michael Aulia, Aug. 3, 2010

7. PureOverClock.com

PureOverClock.com runs the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ secure USB flash drive through benchmark tests, finding that it is a speedy reader but a slow writer. The site gives the thumb drive a perfect 10 for ease of use, but marks it down to a 7 on value (the price has dropped since this review) and performance. It receives 8s for features/design and quality.

Review: Kingston 16GB Data Traveler Locker+, Jake Mete, Jan. 12, 2010

8. TechWorld.com

Cliff Joseph, writing a short review originally posted in MacWorld, praises the drive's security and MacOS compatibility, noting that it adds an icon to the Dock to allow for quick formatting, ejecting and browsing. The price (at the time of this review) is high, he notes, but may be worth it for those seeking security and portability of their files.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ Review, Cliff Joseph, Feb. 24, 2010

9. StereowisePlus.com

Reviewer Kirk Spencer awards the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ secure USB flash drive a Highly Recommended rating, writing "the drive does exactly what it's marketed for and it does it extremely well." His benchmark speed tests produce average results, which he feels are offset by the drive's security features and ease of use.

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ Review, Kirk Spencer, Oct. 27, 2011

10. Amazon.com

About 70 customers weigh in on Amazon.com about the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+, awarding an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Customers praised its speed and ease of use for the most part, cautioning that any external card readers may need to be unplugged for it to install properly for the first time on a new computer. The cap quickly works its way loose, they note.

Review: Kingston Data Traveler Locker+ with Encryption 8 GB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed DataTraveler DTL+/8 GB, Contributors to Amazon.com

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