by Mike Dailey on October 5, 2011

Not long ago, the phrase portable secure storage did not mean a great deal to the average business traveler. Today, however, carrying large amounts of data, including application files, digital photos, and music, is a reality for most tech-savvy travelers. Whether you are on the go for business or personal reasons, you likely carry a large quantity of data with you, and odds are it is not secured against loss or theft.

Today, securing your data while on the go means using a storage device capable of not only password protected access, but encryption of the data, as well. The Corsair Flash Padlock 2 USB storage device offers a solid solution to securing your data, while at the same time easing the access and sharing of files, music, and more. 

The Flash Padlock 2 provides 256-bit AES hardware encryption, and password protection through an integrated PIN keypad, meaning no software is needed to secure and access the contents of the device.  The device supports a user customizable, 4-10 digit personal identification number to lock and unlock the data, with built-in brute force detection that locks the device for 2 minutes after 5 failed attempts.

The Flash Padlock 2 is compatible with Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux-based systems, allowing an easy and secure method of file exchange between these platforms, if needed.  Available in both 8GB and 16GB capacities, this USB storage device secures a large amount of data at a low cost, just $32.99 for the 8GB model and $49.99 for the 16GB model from

Using this secure storage device is relatively simple, but taking a few minutes to read the user documentation is recommended.  Understanding the process of setting the password, unlocking the device, and the meaning of the status indicator LEDs, is best described by the documention.  There is no need, however, to worry about locking the device, since this occurs automatically as soon as you pull the Flash Padlock 2 from the USB port.

Some months ago, I began to transfer and reorganize the data I carried on a handful of cheap, low capacity USB thumb drives, moving it to my new Corsair Flash Padlock 2 storage device.  This has allowed me to reduce the number of devices I carry, while securing all of my data without the need for special software or drivers.  The secure password PIN and advanced AES encryption prevents anyone from accessing the data in the event my storage device is lost or stolen, helping to ensure my digital privacy and security while on the road.


Comment from Portable Storage on January 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

This looks like a great portable storage device, where are the best places to find them?

Comment from Mike Dailey on January 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I purchased mine through


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