Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB Review

Packaging & Appearance

Corsair Flash   Padlock 2 8GB Review

Packaging & Appearance

The Flash Padlock 2 is provided in a clear plastic blister pack with all sides of the packaging bonded together to prevent it from being tampered with in a retail store environment. This also makes it near impossible to remove the drive when you've legitimately paid for it and taken it home. An ideal medium would be to have some form of perforated area at the back of the packaging that can be torn to gain access to the drive. At least that way it prevents the "Who was the last person to use the bl**dy scissors" argument, and a trip to the dentist after attempting to chew your way through the plastic.

Corsair Flash  Padlock 2 8GB Packaging  Corsair Flash  Padlock 2 8GB Packaging

The packaging does have its advantages though, namely the benefit of placing the drive fully on show so that potential buyers can get a good look at exactly what they are about to drop £50 on. Additionally, the cardboard insert at the rear of the packaging gives some basic information about the drive along with a run-down of the accessories (such as a lan-yard and USB extension cable) which can be seen below.

Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB Contents

Thankfully a small manual printed in English, French and German is also included. This gives essential details on how to set up, use and reset the Padlock 2 device. One area it doesn't seem to cover though is how to use the dual-digit keypad on the device if for example you wanted to set the PIN to 2233. Would you for example just press the 2|3 button four times, would you add a few second between each key press, or is it just not possible at all?

Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB Front  Corsair Flash  Padlock 2 8GB Numbers

Corsair Flash  Padlock 2 8GB Back  Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB Comparison

The flash drive its self is pretty huge in comparison to most 8GB memory drives and could easily invoke the tiresome "Is that an [insert item] in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me" remark if it happened to be orientated in an unfortunate position while attached to your keyring. To be fair though, fitting six buttons and two status LED's (along with all the inner-workings) on a device of this size is still fairly impressive. And to make it feel as robust as it does is something that Corsair should certainly be commended for.

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31-03-2010, 05:22:51

tinytomlogan
Jim takes a look at the Corsair Flash Padlock 8gb drive with built in 256bit encryption.

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31-03-2010, 09:42:11

alexhull24
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.

09-04-2010, 09:38:43

mayhem
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.

09-04-2010, 13:36:56

tinytomlogan
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 ^^
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