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October 22, 2009

Product Review: Kingston MobileLite G2 Card Reader

Kingston Digital, Inc. has released a new flash card reader, the MobileLite G2, which conveniently plugs right into any available USB port to transfer data between a variety of flash memory cards and either PCs or Macs.

The MobileLiteG2 has retractable covers on each side to protect the USB connector and the Flash memory cards from damage. To use the MobileLiteG2, you just push in both sides, plug a compatible flash memory card in on one side, and plug the USB connector on the other side into the computer. The unit is a bit wide, so you may need to use the provided USB extension cable if there is not enough space for the unit.

The device comes in three different package types -- either just the reader; the reader plus a 4GB SD HC card; or the reader plus an 8GB SD HC card. (Note that HC stands for High Capacity. Many newer digital cameras can accept these higher capacity cards.)

When I plugged the MobileLiteG2 into an available USB port on my PC it appeared as two drive letters. In my case, that was F:\ and G:\. The SD card slot turned out to be drive F:\ on my pc. I inserted a variety of SD cards and one microSD card (needed an adapter). All cards were recognized very quickly on my Windows XP system. Data transfer between the card and the computer is no different than transferring data between any two drives or storage devices. It couldn't be easier.

Supported card formats include SD, SDHC, microSD, microSDHC, Memory Stick® PRO Duo™, Memory Stick® PRO-HG Duo™ and Memory Stick® Micro™ (*M2).

The MobileLiteG2 is backed by a two-year warranty.

According to Kingston, the MobileLite G2 is compatible with the following operating systems:
Windows 7; Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2); Windows XP (SP1, SP2, SP3); Windows 2000 (SP4); Mac OS X v.10.3.x+; and Linux v.2.6.x+.

The suggested retail price for the MobileLiteG2 Flash Card Reader alone is $11.00. For the reader plus either the 4GB SDHD card or the 8GB SDHD card, the suggested retail price is $28.50 and $46.00 respectively.

This simple little device will make a great holiday gift for anyone with a computer that doesn't have a slot to read the various card types indicated above. And if you know someone who needs some simple, portable extra storage, or has or will be receiving a new digital camera, they will really appreciate the combination package with the 4GB SD HC card or the 8GB SD HC card.

Richard L. Kuper,
The Kuper Report

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September 24, 2007

Privacy and Security Watch: Are you giving away your personal or corporate data to thieves?

Richard Kuper
The Kuper Report

I came across a couple of articles that continue to bring home the fact that many companies and individuals still do not have a handle on ensuring the privacy and security of data:

What's on your hard drive?

When businesses or individuals discard old computers, apparently many are not ensuring that personal or business data has been securely removed first. According to this article, from a sample of 350 hard drives acquired in online auctions, details about salary, company financial data, medical data, credit card numbers, visa applications, details of online purchases, and even online pornography were found.

There are many tools available today for corporate and individual use that can shred the data on your hard drives and other storage devices. They are not very expensive, especially for individual use. Simply reformatting the hard drive, for example, will not wipe the data from it.

Do you or your employees connect to a file-sharing network?

If you connect your computer to a file-sharing network, such as BearShare or LimeWire or the like, you are opening up your computer to anyone who cares to search it and copy stuff from it. According to this article, "Three spreadsheets containing more than 5,000 Social Security numbers and other personal details about customers of ABN Amro Mortgage Group were inadvertently leaked over an online file-sharing network by a former employee." In this case, the computer had the BearShare software installed.

A common search, by those seeking something other than a song, is to search on terms like "password" to find data on connected computers that will net usable information for identity theft and other crimes. In addition, it would seem that most users of file-sharing networks do not take the appropriate steps to limit what can be searched on their computer. Any time you allow your computer to be accessed by others whom you do not know and therefore have no known level of trust, you are looking for trouble.

Regarding the leaked spreadsheet with over 5,000 Social Security numbers and other personal customer details, according to a spokesperson for ABN parent company Citigroup Inc.: "Citi's information-security standards require that confidential information be stored on Citi-managed devices." In the case of the spreadsheet, it would seem the employee had it on his home pc.

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