Happy New Year! Lately, it seems security has been a big issue for our American counterparts. In the earlier part of 2013, Edward Snowden left the country, and met with journalists to discuss his findings. Unless you have been living under a rock, the gist of it is he revealed several mass surveillance mining programs such as PRISM to search through data obtained by quite a few internet companies. Large corporations like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft had surrendered quite a bit of customer data to the American government. Even telecommunication corporations like Verizon, Vodafone, and British Telecommunications were reportedly handing over phone records of their customers. Of course, the first thing that all of these companies did was to deny any interaction of releasing consumer data, and even to the extent of not knowing about PRISM.
When the government was confronted about PRISM and other surveillance programs, President Barack Obama was quoted saying, “You can’t have 100% security, and also then have 100% privacy and zero inconvenience.” While multiple opinions for and against these programs can be produced, the way I see it, what he is saying is you cannot have the best of both worlds, contrary to Hannah Montana’s song. With privacy, security, and convenience a big topic lately, this brings us to our review of the Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 32GB. The Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ 32GB we have reviewed back in April 2013 was perfectly capable of stopping unintended audiences from snooping on your personal data. However, the biggest let down of the device was its speed. Fast forward to today, Kingston is back with a beefier 256-bit AES encrypted drive, along with some USB 3.0 speed. Will this device be 100% secure with zero compromises?