Flash drive offers keypad PIN security

Corsair Memory Incorporated has launched its new Flash Padlock drive: a USB flash drive secured with a five-button PIN-based "padlock" built into the drive itself. The PIN interface forces the user to hit the unlock button and the chosen code (up to 10 digits) before accessing the drive. The drive requires no special software to operate. Flash Padlock drives also don't need a separate partition for the security driver, as password-based drives do. To avoid the code being forgotten, users are invited to register their PIN code on Corsair's Web site. If the PIN is forgotten, the code can then be retrieved by supplying a valid e-mail address and password.

Beyond describing the PIN system, Corsair's description of the drives inner security workings, and any use of encryption, is vague. Presumably, the PIN is stored on a physically separate memory location within the drive. Flash padlock costs $29.95 and $39.95 for the 1GB and 2GB capacities on offer, and can be used on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Apple OS X.

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News source: ComputerWorld

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and u dont need to encrypt all the data every time something new is added.... this will not encrypt the data just put it behind a hardware password// that and software is abit simpler to go round that hardware... isnt it?

Because TrueCrypt doesn't run on every machine. You have to have Admin rights on the host machine to run it portably from the USB drive.

My combination is 12345. Don't tell anyone.

I agree, just use TrueCrypt. This just seems like a gimmick to sell more expensive drives.

why not just use TrueCrypt (software encryption) instead?

i aint no security expert but that seems better besides the hardware based stuff this memory stick offers.

These units are meant to add a layer of physical-access security, not supplant software encryption products. Don't know the PIN? No data for you unless you wanna smash it open, play around with the flash chips, and hope you can access the data with a jury-rigged interface.