Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB Review


Corsair Flash  Padlock 2 8GB Review


So your pocket decided to empty its self on the way to work. What was in there? A wallet, a set of keys, a memory stick? Ten years ago the worst case scenario would be that your wallet would be found with the cash removed and your car 5 minutes down the road in a ditch.

Bad enough you say, but in this digital age there's much more at stake. Lets say for one minute that your USB stick had personal files on it that could reveal information about you including your address, family members or other personal details. This is more than enough information for someone to start thinking about stealing your identity. Or how about if you use your USB stick for portable applications such as Firefox? Did you use it to access your bank account, your email account or social networking sites. Did you tick that 'Remember Password' box? Now you're in a serious situation.

But its not only your personal data that's at risk. How about that presentation or proposal you've been working on for your employer? Or maybe that spreadsheet of employee details. A password set on the file isn't going to stop a determined hacker from getting at the information. You need encryption.

The most common method of encrypting storage is by means of a software based application that installed on the host machine. In the case of portable drives, the software encrypts the drive and copies the necessary applications to the drive so that it can be accessed from any machine providing that you have the correct password or certificate key.

This method has its downfalls though, most prominent being that the applications placed on the drive to decrypt it may not work on systems such as Mac OS X or Linux. Additionally the whole process can be quite confusing to users who maybe aren't so tech savvy and "just want to get at their data".

Enter the Corsair Flash Padlock 2. Successor to the original Flash Padlock drive (which wasn't very secure at all), the Flash Padlock 2 builds on the predecessors basic keycode access idea by adding a strong 256Bit AES encryption mechanism. Here's what Corsair have to say:

Secure USB Flash Drive

The Corsair Flash Padlock® 2 is perfect for transporting and protecting your sensitive business or personal information. With built-in 256-bit hardware data encryption, and access limited by a PIN, you can rest assured your information is safe from unintentional viewing. Built with the same ruggedized rubber housing found on the Corsair Flash Voyager family for durability, your data is protected from the elements as well.

Because the PIN keypad is integrated directly onto the flash drive, there is no software to install. Simply enter your own Personal Identification Number and your data is unlocked for use on virtually any PC operating system: Windows, OS X, or Linux—even game consoles. Without the PIN, your information stays secure and inaccessible.

Secure: Hardware 256-bit encryption secures your data
Protection: Your own 4-10 digit PIN protects and locks access to the Flash Padlock 2
Capacity: Large 8GB storage gives you ample room to store all your sensitive documents, or up to 2,480 images, or up to 2,000 songs
Compatible: No software to install — Works on Windows, Mac or Linux based computers — Plug & Play compatible with virtually any USB port
Hacking Detection: Multiple failed entries locks device for 2 minutes to prevent repeated attempts to access data
Drive Recovery: If you lose your PIN, you can reset the Flash Padlock to its factory default state, securely erasing all data from the drive
Confidence: Protected by a limited 10 year warranted and backed by Corsair's renowned customer service and support

Instantly any worries about OS compatibility are alleviated with the Padlock 2 having full support for Windows, Mac and Linux based systems due to there being no software to install. It's also good to see that Corsair have implemented a lock-out system that disables the drive for 2 minutes if the pin is entered incorrectly too many times. To be honest I would have liked the drive to wipe its self after around 20 incorrect PIN entries, but with the opportunity to use PINs up to 10 digits in length and 10 numbers on the keypad, you're looking at up to 10 billion possible combinations. Fancy taking a guess?

Another great feature on the list is the 10 year warranty. Almost all of my own USB drives have died within only a couple of years (sometimes a couple of days) so it's good to see that the higher cost of the Padlock 2 drive is a safe investment.

Onwards and upwards...

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Most Recent Comments

31-03-2010, 13:42:11

Disappointing performance for the price, but that is to be expected I guess.

If you look at this review, they claim the stick is a lot less secure as the code (from 5 digits) can be guessed as many times as you like with a little dismantling, which I'm sure any serious thief would have no qualms in doing. Fortunately, the chances are your average joe who'll pick it up once dropped will have no idea how to do this. The images also show why the thing is so chunky - it's mostly the rubber casing for durability.Quote

09-04-2010, 13:38:43

10 million possible combination's. Take into account to hack it using a brute force method it would not take that long.

How ever a nice little draw back for you . In the other review corsair use resin to cover the pins to stop ppl getting to the memory. well i can tell you now that is easy to get around. They use the same method on the wii to stop ppl modding there firmware on the wii. Its not hard to get off at all.

They haven't fixed any problems at all from the last model they have just adopted their methods to suit their needs. that thing is as secure as a asda £1.99 belt. It looks good. It seems to fit, but as soon as you start using it, it will fail.

Its 5 keys not 10 - so they are lying and filling the user with bull.

Its doesn't have as many possible combination's as they say

the encryption is questionable to say the lest as the whole drive is unlocked not file by file.

The reset can be worked around by disconnection of the battery.

i love the proverbial bull these manifaures use to sell there products. Just give these USB Keys to the government and let them lose them on the trains as normal and lets see how long it takes for some one to pick one up and then attack's it and then sell's all you info onto to company's.

All so another note if the code like it says has a master is there a second master key that corsair has ... (a back door) ..

So a hardware hack would be some thing along the lines of

1) Pins 1,2,3,4,5 Are switches

2) Pin 6 is confirm (switch to the enter key)

3) a sensor to denote weather the red flashes or the green flashes. (red carry on / Green correct stop) A simple detection if there is a signal or not isnt hard to code up.

4) and a last connection to the negative on the battery to disconnect every 5 attempts to reset the drive.

5) total of 10 wires to a com port and on PC and a simple rite up of VB code to execute the commands in brute for mode staring from 00000 to 5555555555.

This would be a very simple circuit.

this thing reminds me of them tumble locks ppl have on there bikes because its about as effective as one. infant it would take you longer to decode a bike lock than one of those lol.

conclusion in reality . the product is not a effective solution to modern day problems at all. Its a cheap ineffective product that oky for the normal user but would pose a security risk if used in environments were secure data is of high importance. Personally i think the score is way to high and the price point is to high as well. (or do i just think out of the box)

No offence meant at the reviewer btw.Quote

09-04-2010, 17:36:56

Mayhem did you actually read the review or just trying to look for a fault? Would have been quicker to read it than all that ^^Quote

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