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USB Flash Memory Padlock

By Gary R, in , posted: 3-Jul-2007 10:48

There are so many cheap USB 'me to' memory devices on the market that rarely does something quite innovative come along. Recently I lost my little Kingston 256MB USB, I can't remember where I left it and I can't remember exactly what was on it but if someone has picked it up it is not going to be difficult to read the files.

Corsair Memory has come up with a cool new product called a Flash Padlock. The product is so new that it doesn't even appear on the Corsair website.

The Flash Padlock has a hardware locking mechanism and physical PIN Pad, this means you can assign a PIN to the flash drive. Because it is locked in the hardware no software is required and the flash drive auto-locks on removal. No idea on price at this stage but there are two variants - 1GB or 2GB.

The New Zealand distributor is BDT

A cool looking product, I might just have to get one.



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Comment by robscovell, on 3-Jul-2007 13:03

Perfect for people under a legal obligation to keep data private. They can get into a lot of trouble if someone pinches their flash drive.

Comment by DJ, on 9-Jul-2007 10:58

There's no mention of any encryption capabilities. if it simply stops the drive from mounting on Windows, it's easily hackable.

Also you can enter infinite tries, so it's vulnerable to PIN-guessing attacks.

The IronKey drive (https://www.ironkey.com) if fully hardware encrypted, and permantently blows away the keys and data if the password is entered incorrectly 10 times.

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