Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

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Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:36 am

How secure is your data on your flash drive? If worrying about data security keeps you up at night, Corsair has just the thing to put your mind at ease and it is called the Padlock. How did the padlock perform and how secure is it? We put it to the test and compared it to a number of other popular USB drives on the market today to see just how fast this secure drive is.

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Article Title: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby DMB2000uk » Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:21 pm

Very nice review Joe. =D>

Way to go the extra mile to check out every scenario :P
(Though it was a shame that you had to break your new toy >_<)

Look forward to seeing more reviews from you in the future.

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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby FZ1 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:15 pm

Ha...did you all Digg it yet??? :P
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby dicecca112 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:42 pm

No I did not, but I will soon. Another great review Joe.
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby Alathald » Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:35 pm

I know you cannot reset the pass code, but can it be changed if you know the current? If not then it's useless if your code is somehow discovered...

Also, I can see this being hacked in 1-2 months, any takers?

Other than that pessimistic statement, awesome idea/review!
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby FZ1 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:15 pm

Yep, you can change it any time you want if you know the code.
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby dicecca112 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:08 pm

Alathald wrote:I know you cannot reset the pass code, but can it be changed if you know the current? If not then it's useless if your code is somehow discovered...

Also, I can see this being hacked in 1-2 months, any takers?

Other than that pessimistic statement, awesome idea/review!

Anything can and will be hacked.
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby DMB2000uk » Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:23 pm

dicecca112 wrote: Anything can and will be hacked.


While I don't think that it is unbreakable, it will require physically rewiring and soldering the USB stick to circumvent the hardware lock, which is something a lot less likely to be attempted than just software cracks by opportunist individuals who might try to steal your stick.

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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby someuser » Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:29 pm

Our company was looking at these drives to use as a company wide solution to USB data encryption. We really need something that requires no software installation but still protects our sensitive data. I put a file on it and locked it with a 6 digit code. Then I gave it to our data forensics experts to get the data off it. 45 minutes later I got a post it note with the name of my file on it. They won't tell me what they did and they haven't given it back to me. I assume they pulled it to bits and bypassed the switch that makes the drive recognised in Windows somehow.

Needless to say, we won't be buying these devices for our sensitive data.
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby Illuminati » Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:43 pm

someuser wrote:Our company was looking at these drives to use as a company wide solution to USB data encryption. We really need something that requires no software installation but still protects our sensitive data. I put a file on it and locked it with a 6 digit code. Then I gave it to our data forensics experts to get the data off it. 45 minutes later I got a post it note with the name of my file on it. They won't tell me what they did and they haven't given it back to me. I assume they pulled it to bits and bypassed the switch that makes the drive recognised in Windows somehow.

Needless to say, we won't be buying these devices for our sensitive data.


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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby Digital Puppy » Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:03 pm

someuser wrote:Our company was looking at these drives to use as a company wide solution to USB data encryption. We really need something that requires no software installation but still protects our sensitive data. I put a file on it and locked it with a 6 digit code. Then I gave it to our data forensics experts to get the data off it. 45 minutes later I got a post it note with the name of my file on it. They won't tell me what they did and they haven't given it back to me. I assume they pulled it to bits and bypassed the switch that makes the drive recognised in Windows somehow.

Needless to say, we won't be buying these devices for our sensitive data.

I'd be interested in finding out what your company does use for its sensitive data. At my 'company', they are thinking of banning entirely USB drives and camera phones.
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby someuser » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:33 pm

My "company" is actually a government department which I won't name. But we deal with a lot of sensitive data and we wish to find a solution that needs no software installed on the PC's and works anywhere. Currently nearly everyone has USB sticks - most no encryption at all. We thought the corsair would be great until it was hacked in 45 minutes. Once we do find a solution, we will ban all other USB sticks too and issue all users with the new solution. The hunt continues. We looked at Kingston's Secure data traveller and Iron key solutions but we are concerned about the incorrect password lockouts (10 incorrect tries and it destroys your data permanently). If someone does try to hack the data, we don't want our users locked out of their own data later :lol:
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby someuser » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:41 pm

In fact, if the Ironkey lockout system was extended to at least 50 incorrect tries in a row (100 would be better), we'd probably go right ahead with that solution (provided that our data forensics guys can't hack it)
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Re: Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review

Postby asterix » Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:50 pm

You might try contacting the folks over at IronKey. I believe they have a customizable enterprise solution for you.
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