Corsair® Announces Flash Padlock® 2 Secure USB Flash Drive
– Second generation of the award-winning Corsair Flash Padlock drive features 256-bit AES encryption and a rugged rubber enclosure –
Now this is a nice little component. Of course the 256 GB one is great because of the size. I would think 8Gb is still a good amount (nowhere near 256), 8GB will hold an awful lot of stuff. I like the security, but wonder what the price line will be.
"When a new PIN is created, the contents of the drive are securely erased."
So...I could erase someone else's drive without their knowledge?
Most likely you have to enter the old PIN first.
It will be frightfully expensive, I'm sure. I have no need of this kind of thing but I can see how some would need it, and to them, the price will not matter.
As I said though 8GB though is a good amount of traveling data and very secure. I don;t think this thing will be anywhere near that other ones price, and at 8 GB I would be surprised if it's over 150. We were actually talking about everyone carrying USB keys with data on them, and the discussion was on would we let them be used on a network we were administering. One of these I would have to say yes I could let them be used. However the security level might be an issue within that discussion. While I would not be afraid of some strange data getting in. I would be afraid of someone taking data on something this secure, and doing it in secret (data theft). How would you find out when it is this secure, 256 bit encryption is about as secure as you can get.
8 GB is, essentially, a DVD plus room to wiggle. (Actually 4 GB is enough for some, but the standard is 4.7, so you may not fit all DVDs onto a 4 GB flash drive.) More to the point, unless you're toting around your entire 3D movie's data, 4 or 8 is a good traveling size. When I go to Kinko's to print out poster-sized color pages, the 4 GB is what I use. I also have a 32 GB that I use for offsite storage of backups. (I only back up my own work onto it, since applications can always be re-downloaded or reinstalled from CDs.)
My advice would be to go for the point just under the price break. In other words, go for the one which is the largest size and has the best price per gigabyte. It's easy to figure out; if the 16 GB drive is more than twice the price of the 8, the 8 GB drive is the one to buy.
A glance at MicroCenter shows that their cheapest 4 GB drive is $8, and their cheapest 8 GB drive is $17. That's so close I'd go with the larger one. Yes, there are speed differences, and I have no doubt that the Corsair unit is faster than these; but if you're using it for a file transfer or a backup, speed isn't the most important factor.
This thing, though, is so cute! I wonder if you enter the code before you plug it in, or after? After would be a little trouble, especially if you were plugging it in to the back of a notebook.
:D i wanna try one...i got a 8gb flash drive and its plenty for my use :D