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Corsair USB Padlock 2 Has 256-bit AES, Keypad

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

Don't forget your PIN for this USB flash drive.

Flash drives are great for toting around data, but they can also be easy to lose. While those worried about security can use a third-party encryption software to keep things locked down, Corsair makes it easier than ever with its Flash Padlock 2 USB flash drive.

The Flash Padlock 2 employs a user-definable PIN code that is entered using the integrated numeric keypad to unlock the drive and access the data. The data is secured by a 256-bit AES data encryption and cannot be compromised by disassembling the drive to gain access to the flash ICs.

The built-in nature of the keypad is handy for those who want to access the data without running external software. This could be useful when plugging the USB stick into a consumer device such as a TV or game console. If one should forget his or her password, there is software to completely reset the drive to a blank state.

“USB flash drives are the floppy disk of the 21st century, and their capacity and convenience allows us to carry our lives with us wherever we go,” stated John Beekley, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Corsair. “The Flash Padlock 2 provides valuable protection against loss of personal or corporate data as well as identity theft, allowing us to carry the most personal of data with complete peace-of-mind, and in a rugged, portable, convenient format.”

The Flash Padlock 2 has a capacity of 8GB and will retail for around $60.

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    Clintonio , 20 February 2010 20:56
    At that price I'm actually very tempted... It'd be nice to know I have a safe container for moving about.
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    Lewis57 , 20 February 2010 21:56
    Perhaps the british government should buy these, for when they next lose an unencrypted memory stick.
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    eddieseven , 20 February 2010 22:54
    The british government wouldnt bother to encript it in the first place. your only hope is that encription is automatic and that person or persons concerned are intelligent enough to remember the code.
    memorizing it would be good but the would probabaly write it on a piece of paper and attach that to the device with an elastic band for safekeeping.
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    shanky887614 , 21 February 2010 01:39
    for the british goverment why they dont all install win7 on laptops and encrypt system drive with truecrypt that will stop all these problems but that is unlikely
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    tethoma , 21 February 2010 02:24
    Not only is corsair the best quality PC memory manufacturer, they offer the BEST warranty coverage.

    I had a 2gb thumb drive that stopped working after 2 years. They sent me a 16gb as replacement.

    Thank you Corsair!
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    ik242 , 21 February 2010 04:56
    i see folded seam of the usb connector on the same side as the button. as far as i know this seam is always on the bottom side of the unit. i've seen some with no seam but never one that had two seems? if so, then why are the keys on the lower side of the stick? how is one supposed to use it on a laptop?
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    Anonymous , 21 February 2010 20:16
    One would assume you unlock it BEFORE plugging it into your device. Duh...
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    kyzar , 22 February 2010 18:06
    maarekOne would assume you unlock it BEFORE plugging it into your device. Duh...

    So it has a bettery in to power the device when it is unplugged so you can enter the PIN? How do you replace it?
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    fishyfish , 22 February 2010 18:42
    They could do something with the rubber cap. I lost two already, both in just a day or two after getting my USB stick.