Kanguru has been manufacturing secure storage solutions for quite a while, and it always makes a point of making sure that whatever encryption algorithms is implements are vulnerability-free. Now, instead of releasing some new government-grade device with a myriad of security features, the company decided it was time to see to the needs of the everyday consumers. As such, it came up with the Kanguru Defender Basic.
Its name may actually be seen as misleading. Though it is intended for the mainstream, the drive actually boasts the full set of encryption and password protection protocols. For instance, Kanguru put in 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption and limited the number of password attempts. Also, even though no administrative rights are required for use, its maker offers free 1-year Antivirus/Malware protection.
Kanguru even threw in on-chip password matching and decided to forgo some of the higher-end features, such as FIPS 140-2 Certification, in order to strike a reasonable price point.
“Our goal with the Defender Basic is to provide a highly secure flash drive at an affordable price so that consumers can get the same level of security that businesses and government organizations get.” said Don Brown, CEO of Kanguru Solutions.
“The Kanguru Defender Basic retains the same high level hardware encryption as our government and enterprise model, the Kanguru Defender Elite, but removes some of the higher end components such as remote management and FIPS 140-2 Certification. This way we are able to produce a highly secure device that hits a very attractive price point for consumers closing in on the price of unencrypted drives,” he added.
Capacity-wise, the Defender basic goes from as little as 2GB all the way up to 128GB. All of them communicate via the USB 2.0 interface, which makes 480Mbps the maximum transfer speed. The cheapest model is sold for $29.95.