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Corsair USB Padlock 2 Has 256-bit AES, Keypad

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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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    superblahman123 , February 20, 2010 1:16 AM
    hakestermanWhat in the Heck would you ever put on a thumb drive that you would need to secure it ???? WTF

    Really? You asked that? You mean to tell me you don't see the worth of being able to move information off of a hackable platform and onto a media that is guaranteed to be only accessible via password?

    Really?... Come on now...
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    zoemayne , February 20, 2010 12:51 AM
    wow thats a good price for that level of security. I have a 16gb corsair like this one pictured and the chip came out of the rubber casing it seems to have been poorly glued to the rubber casing....
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    bison88 , February 20, 2010 1:10 AM
    ^
    Government Whistler blower data out of the Federal buildings? LOL I honestly have no idea buts is still pretty cool :D 
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    superblahman123 , February 20, 2010 1:16 AM
    hakestermanWhat in the Heck would you ever put on a thumb drive that you would need to secure it ???? WTF

    Really? You asked that? You mean to tell me you don't see the worth of being able to move information off of a hackable platform and onto a media that is guaranteed to be only accessible via password?

    Really?... Come on now...
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    the_krasno , February 20, 2010 3:33 AM
    rick2689I don't see the point of 'securing' these flashdrives. If someone wants to see your private data they'll find a way to somehow.


    I respectfully disagree: there is a reason why the nuke launch codes were never stolen!
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    rick2689 , February 20, 2010 3:35 AM
    the_krasnoI respectfully disagree: there is a reason why the nuke launch codes were never stolen!


    I don't follow you...Which nuke codes? Did anyone have them on their person? What's your argument? :)  Just trying to understand where you're coming from. Please elaborate.
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    redplanet_returns , February 20, 2010 3:38 AM
    hakestermanWhat in the Heck would you ever put on a thumb drive that you would need to secure it ???? WTF


    u won't say that if u plan to transfer sensitive materials (interpret it however u want :) ), and lost the drive.
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    redplanet_returns , February 20, 2010 3:42 AM
    rick2689I don't follow you...Which nuke codes? Did anyone have them on their person? What's your argument? Just trying to understand where you're coming from. Please elaborate.


    i don't know how nuke codes are stored...but from my out-dated knowledge of AES, it's practically unbreakable (takes a ridiculous amount of time/tries to crack to be feasible) with computer equipments affordable to most people today.
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    rick2689 , February 20, 2010 3:49 AM
    But can't you just take the memory chip out and read it manually by soldering it on another circuit board? Hmm.
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    rags_20 , February 20, 2010 5:31 AM
    Is it USB 3.0? And 8 GB is sort of low. 16 and 32 GB variants would be nice.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 20, 2010 11:24 AM
    I hope the price drops quickly
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    Regulas , February 20, 2010 12:07 PM
    Not that I have anything to hide, it's the priniciple of the matter.
    256 bit is a joke, 1024 would be more appropriate. I am sure there is some hidden FED law or regulation stopping any thing higher to make sure they (the government) can easily break in when ever they want. Just say no to big brother.
    Luckily you can download free encryption tools at this time and do not need this.
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 12:56 PM
    If data written to the memory chips are encrypted with AES, then you wouldn't be able to read the original data by soldering it to another circuit. You would see data, just not data that made any sense to you.

    @Regulas
    If 256 bit is a joke, please feel free to crack it. If the government is able to crack it, why would 256 be enough for top secret information?
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    Lunatic Magnet , February 20, 2010 1:15 PM
    With the plethora of malware that likes to write to removable media there is certainly an advantage on lockable and encrypted media. These are especially handy in public computing environments like schools, libraries etc.
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    tat2demon , February 20, 2010 2:15 PM
    rick2689I don't see the point of 'securing' these flashdrives. If someone wants to see your private data they'll find a way to somehow. I mean c'mon...if someone has possession of your drive it's only a matter of time before they get what they want. If you want to keep sensitive data find a proprietary method of storing it. Use a 5 1/4 inch floppy. That'll show em'



    By that reasoning why bother locking up your house or car? Why not just throw everything you own out on the lawn for people to come by and freely take? If they want it theyll get it anyway right?
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 3:04 PM
    Re: the 'nuclear codes'.

    The US Strategic Air Command didn't like that they couldn't launch without authorization, so until 1977 the lockout codes on the missiles were set to *all zeros*: OOOOOOOO

    I suspect rick2689 was pointing out that no amount of encryption security can overcome the ability of fools to use bad passwords.
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    MoUsE-WiZ , February 20, 2010 5:21 PM
    1) Password is limited to digits. Unless it wipes after X amount of tries you don't need to break AES, you need to automate password entry.
    2) They say it's secure if the drive is disassembled, but the password and AES key both need to live somewhere in it. It might be hard to hack, but I'm sure it's hackable through disassembly.

    3) That said, for 60$ it offers a reasonable amount of protection; just depends who you're trying to hide what from.
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    Gin Fushicho , February 20, 2010 7:47 PM
    Sounds good for me with that kind of security , and it will go down in price soon enough anyway. =)
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    Shadow703793 , February 20, 2010 9:56 PM
    rick2689But can't you just take the memory chip out and read it manually by soldering it on another circuit board? Hmm.

    In theory yes (see TPM hacked: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100208/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_crypto_chip_cracked ). However, the cost of doing this is huge. That's why if some thing like this also needs software based encryption like TrueCrypt.
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