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IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD Review

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The Ironkey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD is the latest model released in the Kingston Digital Cryptographic Device lineup. The VP80ES marks the first OS-independent external SSD with a versatile color touch screen in addition to hardware encryption for data protection. The SSD uses XTS-AES 256-bit encryption to protect against brute force attacks and BadUSB, and Kingston includes a neoprene carrying case for fast travel.

The Ironkey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD is the latest model released in the Kingston Digital Cryptographic Device lineup. The VP80ES marks the first OS-independent external SSD with a versatile color touch screen in addition to hardware encryption for data protection. The SSD uses XTS-AES 256-bit encryption to protect against brute force attacks and BadUSB, and Kingston includes a neoprene carrying case for fast travel.

IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD

IronKey Vault Privacy 80 provides a high level of physical encryption for your data. The drive has a touchscreen word, phrase, or number-based authentication system that allows you to enter an administrator password to access all the features of your device. Unfortunately, the VP80ES cannot be used without connecting to the host device, so all management functions must be performed at the time of connection.

We’ve seen a lot of encrypted USB drives, but the same thing that many of them share is a use case scenario for an encrypted drive. Many encrypted drives are used in manufacturing, financial, and medical environments. Still, Kingston also states that Vault’s privacy was created for a variety of uses, including those mentioned, and for professionals like content creators.

IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD Port

Powering the Vault Privacy 80ES is a Common Criteria EAL5 + certified secure microprocessor. The microprocessor is threatened by features such as always-on hardware-based encryption and a dedicated encryption engine with XTS-AES 256-bit encryption that provides better security than software-based alternatives. It is designed to protect against the possibility of burning and burning.

The Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD is available in 480 GB, 960 GB, and 1920 GB capacities with a 3-year limited warranty and free technical support.The drive isn’t widely available yet, but the retail price is From about $ 300 for a 480GB unit..

The complete specification list for IronKey Vault Privacy 80ES is as follows:

interface USB 3.2 Gen 1
connector Type C
Included in the package Neoprene travel case, USB 3.2 Gen 1 C-to-C cable, USB 3.2 Gen 1 C-to-A cable.
capacity
speed Read up to 250MB / sec, write 250MB / sec
size 122.5 mm x 84.2 mm x 18.5 mm
Operating temperature 0 ° C to 45 ° C
Storage temperature -20 ° C to 60 ° C
Interface compatibility USB 3.0 / USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1
Warranty / Support 3 year limited warranty
OS compatible
  • Microsoft Windows®
  • macOS®
  • Linux®
  • Chrome OS ™
  • A system that supports USB mass storage devices.

Design and build IronKey Vault Privacy 80

The Vault Privacy 80 build is very solid and made of aluminum with a hard plastic blue shell. This device requires caution because the device screen needs to be touched gently, but it can be used in harsh conditions.

Being made of aluminum, the drive can also dissipate the heat generated by the frequent use of the device. External storage devices are known to get warm I use it often. VP80ES does not explicitly describe IP ratings.

IronKey Vault Privacy 80 Screen

The most striking feature of the IronKey 80ES is the intuitive color touch screen. This large color touchscreen is very unique to the VP80ES as it is the first kind from Kingston and the first touchscreen encrypted drive we reviewed.

The touch screen allows the user to enter a password. Passwords can use words, numbers, and numerous management options. After entering the password, the administrator can press the settings button to make changes such as password, different password for each user type, automatic lock timeout, and even safe erasure of the device. Overall, the touch screen is extremely easy to use and is a sure addition to a safe drive for those who need it and those who need it.

IronKey Vault Privacy 80 Lock Entry

To connect to a host device, the VP80ES uses a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C connector. The USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C connection offers some versatility for connecting to new devices. What’s great is the cables that come with 80ES, Type-C to Type-C, and Type-C to Type-A in case you don’t have access to the Type-C port on your host device.

The IronKey Vault Privacy 80 comes with a nice accessory, a neoprene carrying case with a small pouch for cables. The carrying case is always perfect for small technologies, and if you put it in your backpack, you won’t have to worry about hitting or scratching anything.

IronKey Vault Privacy 80 Security Features

The drive comes with FIPS 197 certified XTS-AES 256-bit encryption. This always-on engine has proven to meet strict standards and offers better security than software-based alternative engines. While the VP80ES encryption standard protects against some of the best attempts to crack an administrator PIN, Kingston also integrates a brute force password protection process.

This brute force protection basically takes full advantage of attempts to enter a password at 15 or another amount set by the administrator. However, when the maximum is reached, the VP80ES will completely destroy the contents of the drive and will be empty when reconfigured. Setting the default to 15 is a definite amount, but having the ability to change it to another number is a great feature to have.

Using Vault Privacy 80 is also very easy to use on the host device side. Kingston Digital has done that, so all the user has to do is drag and drop the file into the folder created by VP80ES. This simple feature eliminates the need for additional software to download and use, making everything local to the host device and VP80ES.

IronKey Vault Privacy 80 Performance

In the tests, the first test I ran was the Blackmagic Design Disk Speed ​​Test. IronKey Vault Privacy 80ES was able to write 238MB / sec and read 248MB / sec. This is fairly close to the 250MB / s speed reported by Kingston Digital. From the test, I was also able to press quite a few checkmarks in “Will It Work?”. section.

Ironkey Vault Privacy 80es Blackmagic

The next test I ran was the IOMeter test, one with a 1-threaded workload and the other with a 4-threaded workload. For the first workload, the 1-thread test showed slightly lower numbers than the Blackmagic Design benchmark because 1-thread is less intensive than the other tests. In the 2MB sequential test, the VP80ES showed 231MB / sec writes and 248MB / sec, and in the random test it showed 230MB / sec writes and 236MB / sec reads. Finally, in 4K testing, the VP80ES got 5,211 IOPS writes and 3,143 IOPS reads.

IOMeter (1 thread)
test result
2MB sequential write 231.74MB / sec
2MB sequential read 248.94MB / sec
2MB random write 230.78MB / sec
2MB random read 236.39MB / sec
4K random write 5,211 IOPS
4K random read 3,143 IOPS

The last test I ran was 4 threads of IOMeter tests. This is because it puts a heavy load on the device for maximum performance. This benchmark showed slightly higher numbers than one thread. In the 2MB sequential test, the VP80ES showed 233MB / sec writes and 252MB / sec, and in the random test it showed 232MB / sec writes and 239MB / sec reads. Finally, in 4K testing, the VP80ES got 5,219 IOPS writes and 3,208 IOPS reads.

IOMeter (4 threads)
test result
2MB sequential write 233.87MB / sec
2MB sequential read 252.42MB / sec
2MB random write 232.99MB / sec
2MB random read 239.97MB / sec
4K random write 5,219 IOPS
4K random read 3,208 IOPS

Conclusion

Overall, the IronKey Vault Privacy 80 is one of the most unique encrypted storage devices we’ve looked at. It comes with a robust encryption engine with FIPS197 and XTS-AES 256-bit encryption and a Common Criteria EAL5 + certified secure microprocessor. Vault Privacy 80ES provides strong protection against some of the most brute force attacks.

In terms of performance, the VP80ES won’t win the fastest drive award, but speed isn’t the only thing about this device. The performance obtained from the VP80ES was fairly close to the reported benchmark quoted by Kingston Digital, exceeding 250MB / s with a 2MB sequential read with a small margin. Blackmagic Design tests have shown that we were able to hit quite a few checkmarks with “Will It Work?”. Rest assured that VP80ES supports a variety of video files as it is a section.

IronKey Vault’s privacy security strengths and features come at a cost. The 960GB version we reviewed currently sells for $ 365, and the smaller version is less than $ 300. However, these are brand new drives and are not widely available in retail stores, so prices can fluctuate. While these prices seem high, IronKey has a reputation for strong security across all encrypted drives and devices, and its large touchscreen makes it one of the more secure SSDs.

IronKey Vault Privacy 80ES on Amazon

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