Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB Review
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.
While there are many software applications available on the internet, some even available under GPL (aka free) that will encrypt your existing USB drive. There are very few that will work on any platform (Windows, Windows x64, OS X, Linux...) and the process of encrypting the drive and later gaining access to it is never going to be quite as easy as simply punching in a few numbers on the device its self.
Unfortunately the only downfall to the Padlock 2 is that it cannot call on the resources of the PC to assist with the encryption and decryption process like a software based solution can. Therefore is quite a bit slower than most half decent USB drives. However, we must remember that the Padlock 2 is not designed for speed - and comparing it to a standard USB drive is akin to comparing a Securicor van to an Escort Cosworth. You wouldn't take a Securicor van to a 1/4 mile drag race, and you wouldn't use a Cosworth to transport dangerous convicts or a vault load of cash.
Finally, it's also worth repeating that the Flash Padlock 2 drive is provided with a whopping 10 year warranty. This alone goes a long way to justifying its £44 price tag.
- 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.
- It's a bit chunky.
- Still unsure on exactly how (if at all) you can set PIN codes with repeating numbers such as 2233.
- Performance is pretty poor. But security isn't without its overheads.
- Nothing really, unless you hate sealed blister pack packaging as much as I do.