Corsair Ships 16GB, Ultra-Secure Flash Padlock 2 USB Drive

Corsair Ships 16GB, Ultra-Secure Flash Padlock 2 USB Drive

Need a new USB drive? Need one with lots of security? Corsair has you covered. The company has just released their newest drive, the Flash Padlock 2 Secure USB Drive. Of course, with a name like "Flash Padlock," you probably knew it was "secure" right from the start. It's a password-protected USB drive that's available in sizes as large as 16GB, which is double the amount found in prior versions.


The device uses two main protection mechanisms: first, there's a user-defined PIN number, which is entered directly on the Padlock using an integrated keypad. The second is 256-bit AES encryption of the contents of the drive. The best part of this setup is that the drive remains platform independent, enabling it to be used on any USB-compatible hardware, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux computers, and even gaming consoles. It's available now for those interested, but a price has yet to be made public.


Corsair Announces 16GB Flash Padlock 2
Secure USB Drive

– Popular password-protected USB Flash Drive
now available with 16GB capacity –

FREMONT, California — June 17, 2010 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the addition of a 16GB model to its Flash Padlock® 2 line of secure USB flash drives. With 16GB of flash memory, the newest Padlock doubles the amount of secure storage from the previous version.

The Flash Padlock 2 employs two security technologies for robust data protection. The first of these is a user-defined PIN, or personal identification number. This PIN is entered directly on the Padlock using an integrated keypad, and can range from four to ten digits in length. The second security technology used is 256-bit AES encryption of the contents of the drive.

Since the PIN to unlock the Padlock is entered directly on the drive itself, the drive is completely platform independent. This independence allows you to access your protected data on any USB-compatible hardware, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux computers, and even gaming consoles.

The 16GB Flash Padlock 2 is available immediately from Corsair's authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. Complete customer support via telephone, email, forum and Tech Support Xpress is also available.

More information about the 16GB Corsair Flash Padlock 2 and the rest of the Corsair’s line of USB Flash Drives can be found at corsair.com/products/flash. 
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Nice to see that they thought about platform independence. Now, if we could only get more gamepad, keyboard, and mice makers to do the same with their "high end" products.

I still wonder how hackable this might be. Does the entire drive get re-written when you change your PIN? If not, it seems like it's just checking your PIN to allow access to the full AES key. So... could some hardware hacker take it apart and extract the actual key - then read the memory directly and decrypt it? If so, you're probably safer just using full-disk encryption on the volume and either including the decryption app on a non-encrypted partition - or just installing the decryption software on every PC where you will use the drive.

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