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Corsair Unleashes Second Generation Flash Padlock Secure USB Flash Drive

Corsair Unleashes Second Generation Flash Padlock Secure USB Flash Drive

Corsair announced the new Flash Padlock 2 secure USB flash drive. As the second generation of the Corsair Flash Padlock drive, the new Flash Padlock 2 uses two security technologies to help protect your data. First, the drive employs a user-definable PIN. In order to unlock the drive and access data on it, you must enter the correct PIN using the drive's integrated keypad. Second, the contents of the drive are encrypted with 256-bit AES data encryption. In addition to 256-bit AES hardware encryption, the drive also offers increased security of the communication between the on-board processor and the USB controller.

Other enhancements to this drive include the ability to create a new PIN if the original one is lost. When a new PIN is created, the contents of the drive are securely erased. Finally, the enclosure for this new drive is smaller and ruggedized. The Flash Padlock 2 offers a capacity of 8GB.


Corsair® Announces Flash Padlock® 2 Secure USB Flash Drive

– Second generation of the award-winning Corsair Flash Padlock drive features 256-bit AES encryption and a rugged rubber enclosure –

FREMONT, California, February 18, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the availability of its new Flash Padlock 2 secure USB flash drive. This unique USB flash drive is very cleverly and comprehensively designed to protect your critical business or personal data from unwanted exposure.

The Flash Padlock 2 employs two security technologies for superb data protection. The first of these technologies is a user-definable personal identification number or PIN. To unlock the drive and access the data, this PIN is entered using the drive’s integrated numeric keypad. The Flash Padlock 2 cannot be accessed without correctly entering the PIN for that individual drive. The second technology used is secure 256-bit AES data encryption of the drive contents. 256-bit AES is recognized worldwide by both corporations and governments as the premier standard for data protection, and its use in the Flash Padlock 2 ensures that data protection cannot be compromised by disassembling the drive to gain access to the flash ICs.

“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.”

Another key feature of the Padlock 2 is platform independence. Most hardware-encrypted USB flash drives require the use of a software application to enter the password for the device. However, the Flash Padlock 2 has an integrated keypad, so no software application is necessary. This allows the user to access their secure data in any environment, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux computers, even gaming consoles and home entertainment equipment.

The new Flash Padlock 2 features several enhancements of the original award-winning Padlock drive. In addition to implementing 256-bit AES hardware encryption, the security of the communication between the on-board processor and the USB controller has been dramatically increased. The Flash Padlock 2 also includes the ability to create a new PIN in the event the original PIN is lost, a procedure which securely erases the contents of the drive. Finally, the enclosure is smaller and has been ruggedized, providing your data with protection from the elements as well as from prying eyes.

The Flash Padlock 2 has a capacity of 8GB, and is available immediately from Corsair’s authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. The Corsair Flash Padlock 2 is backed by a 10-year Limited Warranty. Complete customer support via telephone, email, forum and Tech Support Xpress is also available.
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Now this is a nice little component. Of course the 256 GB one is great because of the size. I would think 8Gb is still a good amount (nowhere near 256), 8GB will hold an awful lot of stuff. I like the security, but wonder what the price line will be.

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"When a new PIN is created, the contents of the drive are securely erased."

So...I could erase someone else's drive without their knowledge?

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Most likely you have to enter the old PIN first.

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It will be frightfully expensive, I'm sure. I have no need of this kind of thing but I can see how some would need it, and to them, the price will not matter.

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As I said though 8GB though is a good amount of traveling data and very secure. I don;t think this thing will be anywhere near that other ones price, and at 8 GB I would be surprised if it's over 150. We were actually talking about everyone carrying USB keys with data on them, and the discussion was on would we let them be used on a network we were administering. One of these I would have to say yes I could let them be used. However the security level might be an issue within that discussion. While I would not be afraid of some strange data getting in. I would be afraid of someone taking data on something this secure, and doing it in secret (data theft). How would you find out when it is this secure, 256 bit encryption is about as secure as you can get.

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8 GB is, essentially, a DVD plus room to wiggle. (Actually 4 GB is enough for some, but the standard is 4.7, so you may not fit all DVDs onto a 4 GB flash drive.) More to the point, unless you're toting around your entire 3D movie's data, 4 or 8 is a good traveling size. When I go to Kinko's to print out poster-sized color pages, the 4 GB is what I use. I also have a 32 GB that I use for offsite storage of backups. (I only back up my own work onto it, since applications can always be re-downloaded or reinstalled from CDs.)

My advice would be to go for the point just under the price break. In other words, go for the one which is the largest size and has the best price per gigabyte. It's easy to figure out; if the 16 GB drive is more than twice the price of the 8, the 8 GB drive is the one to buy.

A glance at MicroCenter shows that their cheapest 4 GB drive is $8, and their cheapest 8 GB drive is $17. That's so close I'd go with the larger one. Yes, there are speed differences, and I have no doubt that the Corsair unit is faster than these; but if you're using it for a file transfer or a backup, speed isn't the most important factor.

This thing, though, is so cute! I wonder if you enter the code before you plug it in, or after? After would be a little trouble, especially if you were plugging it in to the back of a notebook.

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:D i wanna try one...i got a 8gb flash drive and its plenty for my use :D

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