USB Stick 4096MB Corsair Flash Padlock
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Technical DataFlash Memory / Storage CapacityGB4Technical DataHeader / Product LineCorsair Flash PadlockTechnical DataHeader / CompatibilityUnixTechnical DataHeader / ManufacturerCorsair MicrosystemsTechnical DataHeader / Packaged Quantity1Technical DataFlash Memory / Interface TypeHi-Speed USBTechnical DataFlash Memory / Product TypeUSB flash driveTechnical DataFlash Memory / CompatibilityNon-specific
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2) The security unlock feature failed immediately ie, after entering my security lock code in duplicate. As a result all my data was rendered inaccessible.
Bottom line: Item returned for a refund.
This Corsair "padlock" USB drive has several good features:
excellent security (as compared with run-of-the-mill USB drives),
good tactile feedback on keypad,
true cross-platform support, and
no need to install special drivers.
But there are also some design challenges:
inconveniently large physical size (don't try to keep this in your jeans pocket, on your keychain, or on a lanyard; must use included USB extension cable to avoid blocking other USB ports),
pointy corners (really, not at all a comfortable device to keep on one's person),
somewhat questionable build quality (physical keypad used to enter security combination seem vulnerable to fluids, dust/dirt, and degradation due to wear), and
requires a battery to power the security functions (battery is included & already installed).
I'll use this drive when I know that I need to carry particularly sensitive data. But the device isn't convenient or comfortable for everyday use -- and that's a problem. If I have to take the extra effort to use this device, I can just as well use the USB drive that I keep on my keychain with other encryption tools (like the free, open source: TrueCrypt).
What I need and want is a transparently secure device that I can use for my every-day data transportation tasks. That's the device that I'm most likely to misplace or to otherwise be compromised. Logically, this device could fulfill that need. But because of an inconvenient physical form which demands extra effort to use the device (far beyond just entering a combination to access the drive), this Corsair "padlock" USB drive fails to meet that need.
We have locked down windows PCs where we cannot load or run any unauthorized software. All other protected USB devices use software to protect their devices. This device uses the hardware keyboard. That means this device works when all other protected USB storage does not.
It also works cross-platform, between Windows, Macintoshes, and unix/linux PCs. It's the only protected USB storage that does that!
Packaging is clunky, but hopefully they'll sell enough to do a second generation.
Both packages had been OPENED before products arrived (had ordered 2 of identical item in same order).
One would FAIL to lock (always "unlocked").
One was permanently locked (would never "unlock").
This rendered both of them TOTALLY USELESS, except perhaps the always unlocked one as a normal flash drive, without the security feature (the whole reason for ordering this particular item).
Amazon was also unreachable back then, they would not even return the phone call thru their automated system as advertised on their customer support page. Could not complain by e-mail either.
Whole experience left bitter taste in mouth; did not order from amazon again for another year or so.