Summary: As far as we've seen, the Flash Padlock 2 delivers on its promises: the PIN locking and unlocking system works, the drive doesn't even register on a host system when locked, performance seems very acceptable, and the enclosure can take plenty of punishment. Sure, the button interface on the front could be a little more intuitive, and the rubber enclosure could probably do its job without blocking off adjacent USB ports. But those are fairly minor complaints.
Summary: Sure, the Padlock 2 may not the fastest flash drive out there. In fact one may categorize it as being slow, but you have to realize who would be buying a flash drive like this. There are plenty of drives out there with 256-bit AES encryption, but very few have an active lock/unlock mechanism in form of a number pad or fingerprint reader.
Pros: Fairly strong 256-bit AES encryption, Seems to use a volume base encryption (VBE), Entering PIN is easy and buttons respond well, No software or dependency on host system to enter PIN, Master PIN functionality perfect for corporate environments, Resilient against de-soldering of the flash IC, LEDs to denote encryption status, Rubber housing makes the Padlock 2 resistant against everyday wear and tear, USB Extension cable included, Blue lanyard included, Large blue acc...
Cons: Only five real digits available, not 10, Two minute timeout can be circumvented, allowing for a continous brute force attack, Fairly slow performance, should not be attributed to the VBE though, A bit too large for a key chain, You may lose the rubber cap easily, Only available in 8 GB - nothing larger or smaller, Packaging difficult to open, 256-bit AES is not unhackable
Summary: With its ease of use, 256-bit AES encryption, passive locking, cross-platform compatibility, and stylish form, Corsair has improved upon their original secure drive design with their Flash Padlock 2. You need not look any further if you need to tote around sensitive data with 100% confidence.
Excerpt: So what makes Corsair's newest flash memory effort "unique?" The fact that one can "lock" their data on the Flash Padlock makes it unique, but not just that... the locking of the data is not done with software encryption like other "secure" flash media devices.
Corsair Padlock Secure USB 2.0 Flash Memory Drive Review
16 October 2007
Excerpt: Security is a very big deal. If you’re just transferring some music files and family pictures, it might not be all that important, but if you’re transporting financial documents and other personal information, it’s important to protect that data however you can.
Summary: The performance of the Corsair Padlock flash drive really surprised me. I haven’t seen a flash drive that could reach 18MB a second. At this speed, you could easily use a portable version of Firefox without any slowdown.
Conclusion: The Corsair Flash Padlock 2 is a simple to use yet effective solution to a problem that most of us are only just waking up to. If you regularly carry around a USB stick that contains personal documents or worse yet, portable applications such as Firefox and that have username/password details for websites stored in them, then you REALLY need to start thinking about a device such as the Padlock 2.
Pros: Keeps your personal data safe. Even after resetting the PIN, previous data is unrecoverable., Easy to use., No software to install. Ensuring that it works on any operating system or device with USB ports., 10 year warranty makes it a good investment.
Conclusion: Corsair's Flash Padlock should be appealing to many users, since there are many professional as well as everyday users for whom security is a major concern. While most other solutions are software based, with shortcomings and limitations, this hardware solution from Corsair promises greater security. The retail price of the Corsair Flash Padlock is around US$35, not much higher than a standard 2GB USB stick.