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TREND MICRO Titanium Maximum Security - 3 PCs
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid security system 09/15/2011

This review is from: TREND MICRO Titanium Maximum Security - 3 PCs

Pros: First of all I would like to say that I am a bzzagent and received this product from bzzagent to try for free. I can’t speak for the virus detection capabilities of this product as I never had an issue come up while I was using it. What I was able to take note of was the features and speed of the product. I was pleased to find a fairly robust set of options for customizing how the program works. One very handy feature I found was the ability to set how the program starts up when you reboot your computer. Antivirus software is a common issue for slow boot times. This product allows you to set how you would like the program to load on reboot. In return you can have a faster boot time but less protection, or a slower boot time and maximum protection. There were many other nice features, including additional skins to customize how the program looks.

Cons: Out of the box and using default settings I would say that the Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Maximum Security product is unobtrusive with a relatively solid software. I didn’t receive any “nag” screens and it seemed to do its job in the background without a noticeable effect on system performance.

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Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Hardware-based encryption Model DTL+/8GB
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The encryption setup is extremely easy. Upon plugging the drive in a wizard appears that asks for some basic information such as your name and company and an area to enter additional contact information. This is nice in the event that the drive was lost. The next step is setting your password. The drive enforces a secure password policy and will not allow you to use an insecure password. Once this is setup, you have access to the storage portion of the drive. A separate drive will be mapped for the data storage. When you mount the drive from this point forward, you will be prompted for the password that you set. After 7 bad passwords you get a warning that you have 3 remaining attempts. After 10 bad passwords attempts you are prompted for a new password. After setting the new password, the data is formatted from the drive. After setting the new password, the data is formatted from the drive. This is another feature that goes beyond just password protecting your data.

Cons: With good security there are always tradeoffs. The chance of losing your data because you forgot your password is a very real possibility. This is easily offset by keeping your password recorded in a secure location or database. The other tradeoff in this instance is speed. I ran a read and write test on the Kingston
DataTraveler Locker+ against a standard flash drive that had no encryption. Those results are as follows:

Transfer Rates for the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+

Filesize 3.55 GB

Write 9.8 MB/s
Read 22 MB/s

Transfer Rates for the comparison non-encrypted flash drive:

Write 12 MB/s
Read: 28 MB/s

Clearly there is a performance hit for this drive with the encryption. However, I feel that the trade off of security for a good price is well worth waiting a few extra seconds for a file to copy. Overall I feel like this drive is secure, well built, and easy to use. If keeping your data secure is a priority, this is a great option at a great price

Other Thoughts: I received this product as a bzzagent...When I first received this drive I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality. I’ve used numerous drives before and for this price point, this drive surpasses them all. I like the sleeve design that Kingston used with this. The sleeve is made of a sturdy material and it seems as though it will offer ample protection without the worry of losing a cap or damaging the drive when it's in your pocket. Another nice touch is a small hole in the metal sleeve that allows the LED to be seen when the drive is plugged in.

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Elizabeth J.'s Profile

Display Name: Elizabeth J.

Date Joined: 11/20/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 06/24/11
  • Last Review: 09/15/11
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