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Kingston Data Traveler

Security: Secure USB Drive Recommendation


The Kingston DataTraveler is a plug and play device. No drivers or administrative privileges are needed to use the device. Simply insert the DataTraveler into an available USB Port.

For the device software to launch on connecting the device to a PC, auto-run needs to be enabled. If auto-run is disabled, you can launch the utility from My Computer. Two free drive letters need to be available otherwise the decryption software will fail to load.

Upon first use, a simple wizard is launched to guide the user through the setup process.

Setup is a four step process where information is gathered from the user to be stored on the DataTraveler.

1 Screen image: Select Language.


Select the language you would like setup to use for the rest of the setup process. Click "Next".

2 Screen image: License Agreement.

Accept Licence Agreement

Agree to the software licence agreement. Click "Next" to continue.

3 Screen image: Password (twice).

Set Password (twice)

Choose a secure password to encrypt data on the DataTraveler. This is the password that will need to be supplied to decrypt and access the drive. Passwords needs to meet the following complexity: Must be between 6 to 16 characters AND Must contain three of the following character types: lowercase, uppercase, numeric, and non alpha-numeric characters. Click "Next".

For guidance and advice on passwords please see our Password Guidance page. 

4 Screen image: Name, Company, Details.

Contact Information

Supply the setup application with the requested details. Please provide detailed information, as this is required should the drive be lost and then found so that it can be returned to its rightful owner. Click "Finish".

5 Screen image: Formatting DTVault Privacy.

Format. Click OK.

Once the setup process has completed, the DataTraveler will be formatted and prepared for use with the details provided during setup. When the drive has completed the format, click "OK" to continue, and access will be granted.

Using the DataTraveler


Insert USB

As the DataTraveler is a plug and play device simply insert the drive into an available USB drive.

2 Screen image: Password.

Enter Password

Once the device has been recognised by the Operating System a prompt requesting a password will be presented. Enter the password that was supplied during the setup process. On supplying the correct password, the contents of the drive will be decrypted and access to documents stored on the drive will be made available.

Note: The device has a limit of 10 unsuccessful password attempts after which the device will be locked. To use the device again would mean securely formatting all data on the device and re-setting the device password.

3 Screen image: System tray.

Left-click in System Tray

While the device is active (correct password supplied to decrypt) on a machine. The Kingston software will be loaded and can be accessed from the Kingston icon in the System Tray part of the task bar. Left click on the icon to manage the device.

The following options are available from the management software:

  • Privacy Settings - Allows details supplied at time of setup to be changed such as Password changes, Contact Information and Language.
  • Browse DTVault - Opens up windows explorer to view the DataTraveler.
  • Format DTVault - Securely formats the device, all data will be erased.
  • Online Support - Requires internet connection to view support pages.
  • About DTVault - Information about software versions.
  • Shut down DTVault - Shutdown management software and safely remove the device.

Screen image: Pop-up menu.

Technical Details

Kingston's DataTraveler® Vault Privacy Edition USB Flash drive protects the most sensitive data with 256-bit AES hardware encryption and an enforced complex password.

Kingston's DataTraveler® provides the following features:

  • Full Encryption – 100 percent of stored data is protected by hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
  • Secure – drive locks down and reformats after 10 intrusion attempts.
  • Enforced password protection – complex password is user set with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Easy to use – no admin rights or application installation required.
  • Compatibility – Microsoft Windows Vista (SP1), XP (SP1, 2, 3), 2000 (SP4).
What is AES 256-bit?

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a block cipher adopted as an encryption standard by the U.S. government. AES is one of the most popular algorithms used in symmetric key cryptography.