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Apricorn Aegis Secure Key FIPS Validated 16 GB USB 2.0 256-bit AES-CBC Encrypted Flash Drive ASK-256-16GB (Black)

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  • FIPS Validated 256-bit Military Grade Hardware Encryption
  • PIN activated 7-15 digits - Alphanumeric keypad use a memorable number or word for your PIN
  • It does not require any software or drivers to be installed and is compatible with PCs, MACs, Linux and embedded systems.
  • Its rugged, extruded aluminium, water proof casing is tamper evident and protects it against physical damage
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and embedded systems; Works with any USB/USB On-The-Go devices
  • The Aegis Secure Key also includes a drive reset feature which clears both User and Admin PINs, destroys the data, creates a new randomly generated encryption key and allows the drive to be reused.
  • The Aegis Secure Key instantly locks once unplugged from your computers USB port.
  • The internal drive components are protected by a super tough epoxy compound, which is virtually impossible to remove without causing permanent damage to the electronics
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Technical Details

Capacity: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 16 GB
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Product Details

Capacity: 16GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 0.3 x 0.8 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006DUKVSC
  • Item model number: ASK-256-16GB
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 25, 2011

Product Description

Capacity: 16GB

Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key brings security to your fingertips. This easy to use and USB flash drive incorporates PIN access with military grade 256-bit AES hardware encryption. With an easy-to-use keypad that is resistant moisture, dust and grit, Secure Key enables you to access the drive with your own unique PIN. There are no software updates or ADMIN rights to contend with, making this drive a breeze to implement in both government and corporate environments. Tested and Validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Aegis Secure Key is certified to meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 specification. FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation is the cryptography standard required by the US federal government for protection of sensitive data. It covers 11 areas of its cryptographic security system, including physical security, cryptographic key management and design integrity. Drives Validated to the FIPS 140-2 Level specification are required to be used by U.S. government agencies as well as civilian companies in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom that contract to the US government. Using a rechargeable battery, the Aegis Secure Key enables the user to unlock the drive with a 7-15 digit PIN before connecting to the USB port on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The embedded keypad prevents hardware and software key logging attempts to hack your password entered via the host system.Secure Key is ready to go right out of the box. It does not require any software or drivers to be installed and is compatible with PCs, MACs, Linux and embedded systems. Secure Key can be configured with independent User and Admin PINs, making it ideal for corporate and government deployment. If the User forgets their PIN, the drive can be unlocked by the Admin PIN which will then clear the old User PIN and allow the User to set a new PIN.Since Secure Key is unlocked using its own keypad and not the PC keyboard, it is not vulnerable to software/hardware based key-loggers or brute force attacks. In addition the Aegis Secure Key further protects your data with a “Brute Force Hack Defense Mechanism”, which deletes the encryption key if the incorrect PIN is entered a total of 10 consecutive times.

Customer Reviews

Dec 2013 - still working flawlessly.
DH
The other benefit to a "no software needed" device like this, which even the IRONKEY suffers from, is you enter your code on the device NOT a keyboard.
defilm
Helps me keep sensitive info with me securely.
Elaine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By DH on November 13, 2012
Size Name: 16GB Verified Purchase
Just a note for people coming into this review late; I recommend that you slow format this drive the first time. Don't use it from the factory or do a quick format from Mac or PC.

Nov 13 2012 - Purchased one last weekend, got it, changed the password (which was easy) and mounted it from my Mac. Threw some files on, used it several more times the next day, mounted it from my Android tablet, was able to access the files. Took a plane flight that night, it got x-rayed, then on Monday my Mac, PC and Android all said unrecognizable partition. I had done a quick-format ExFAT partition from the Mac originally. So this time I did a FAT32 partition and slow format from a Windows 2008 server. I've since put files back on it and have been able to use it from all the same devices again, no problems.

So, what went wrong, no idea, but I'll have to give it some time before I'd feel confident having the only copy of important files on the device. I'll keep using my PGP-encrypted desktop drive as the primary copy.

I'll come back and update this review after some time passes as it's only been a few days. If the device proves reliable after time and a few more runs through an airport x-ray then I'll increase the rating.

Dec 11, 2012 - no issues yet, no plane flights yet either but I do have two coming up so it will get some x-ray zapping soon enough and we'll see what happens.

Jan 2013 - have flown about three round trips so it's been scanned six more times, no issues to report. No explanation for what caused that initial failure; will post a long term update later on and adjust up to five starts if nothing goes wrong in the future AND the password change I plan to make in five or six months goes successfully.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By FederalITGuy on January 24, 2012
Size Name: 16GB Verified Purchase
I work for a federal district court and our judges were always looking for methods to carry sensitive data without having to deal with encryption software solutions.

We tried IronKey but they didn't want software running every time they tried to access the drive. I suggested the Aegis SecureKey. I received the drive, plugged it in, followed the instructions, and was able to access it on my PC, Mac, and Linux boxes with no problem.

I ran it through several tests: filling it up, dropping it in a glass of water, stepping on it, plugging and unplugging it at random, and it came through without a flaw!

Now we have a series of these deployed and the judges love it! They can set their own PINs and, since I set up the Admin pin, they can be assured that if they ever forget their PIN I can reset it by them simply dropping off the drive in my office.

We are ordering more of these for other agencies so if you need a portable solution for your data this is it!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By defilm on September 13, 2012
Size Name: 8GB
The great think about this is you don't ave to install any software and it works with any operating system.
I unlock the key and the user writes the data I need to the USB stick. I lock it.
Later on when I get to the office, I plug it in to my MacbookPro and unlock it and download the data.
Simple, I format it FAT so Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux can write to it. Larger files? Not problem. I format it NTFS, WIN7 writes, and Mac OS X
or Linux can read NTFS, just not write it. Perfect. For PC to PC it is a no-brainer as you don't even have to think about any of that. When working between the 3 different operating systems, I find FAT to be so painless.

As for encryption, I like this better than my IRONKEY. The IRONKEY will actually BURN out the chip by heating it if you attempt to access it 10 times. The Apricorn Aegis will also destroy the contents of memory, but rather than burning the chip out so you have to buy another, it just wipes the drive in a Mil-Spec manner so the data is not retrievable. Far better idea IMPO. As another user noted, it is epoxy filled, so there is no physical tampering. As for another user saying the keys are too small, they are small, but it is not a big deal. I have big hands. I can press the keys and there is a definite tactile click response when pressing the key so you know you pressed it or didn't. Also there is room between the buttons, so the size of the buttons is not an issue. I also like that they have the letters on the numeric keys as well, so you can use a combination name/number sequence.

The other benefit to a "no software needed" device like this, which even the IRONKEY suffers from, is you enter your code on the device NOT a keyboard.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on January 12, 2012
Size Name: 16GB Verified Purchase
I am a fan of encryption, and self-encrypting thumbdrives are something that I find useful for keeping secure backups. The fact that the competitors to this drive have 'shared' number keys (0/1 on the same key, 2/3 on the same key, etc) makes me want to use my old drives less due to the reduced number of combinations possible, and thus security. The drive is very nice, and I would recommend it, though there are a couple of cons.

Pros:
-Drive is easy to use and secure including expoy-filled interior.
-Drive 'sheath' is aluminum for added ruggedness and rubber ring around where it seals makes it water resistant.
-Cable for attaching to keys or whatever is metal with rubber insulation, seems very sturdy.

Cons:
-Buttons are very small, but I don't want to use fingernails because the keys are rubber and I feel like I'd damage them.
-It seems to dislike even the slightest power interruptions. If I connect it before starting an OS, during the boot of Windows or Linux when it detects USB devices, it will disconnect it due to the brief interruption in USB connectivity. I will have to reach down and enter the PIN again.

Note: This is not a scenario that it is advertised to work in or anything, but I was able to do this on my previous pin-pad-having USB drive without issues... I installed Linux on the drive so that it was bootable, but when I try to boot Linux, it disconnects it during the phase where it detects USB devices. It continues booting if I reach down and re-unlock the drive, but it's a pain.
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