Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 8GB USB 2.0 Negro unidad flash USB - Memoria USB (USB 2.0, Type-A, Tapa, Negro)
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Descripción del producto
Altura: 7,8 cm
Ancho: 1,8 cm
Capacidad: 8 GB
Color del producto: Negro
Conectar y usar (Plug and Play): Si
Factor de forma: Tapa
Peso: 25 g
Profundidad: 1,05 cm
Sistema operativo Linux soportado: Si
Sistema operativo MAC soportado: Si
Sistema operativo Windows soportado: Si
USB con suministro de corriente: Si
USB connector: Type-A
Velocidad de escritura: 24 MB/s
Velocidad de lectura: 27 MB/s
Versión USB: USB 2.0
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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.
March 2013 - still no new issues to report; bumping up the stars. :-) I just bought one of their encrypted 1TB hard drives too.
Dec 2013 - still working flawlessly. I'm buying another one for a friend who noticed it and asked about it. Updating to five stars, but my recommendation of doing an initial slow format still stands. I'm going to edit the first part of the review to reflect this too.
June 2015 - downgrading to four stars. You buy these things to secure your data in the event you lose the USB drive, you don't buy them to hold irreplaceable data (or at least that should not be why). I bought a 32 gig model a few months ago, put it into use, and let my 16 sit around. Just one random day, the drive blinks green after entering my PIN like it's unlocked, but my Mac won't see it. If I leave it plugged in, about a minute later I'll get a flip flop of green and red LED flashes. Nothing I could do would make it recognized. I did factory reset (fortunately I didn't have irreplaceable data on it), still won't work. I RMA'd it to Apricorn, they confirmed it had died, sent me a new one.
In the mean time, I get my 16gig back out, the battery had died. I plug it in to my desktop iMac, enter the PIN, update the data on it, forget to eject, unplug. Few hours later, I plug into my MacBook since it had not had enough time to charge up for PIN entry, enter the PIN, MacBook reports it's damaged and do I want to initialize? WTF?! I had just left on a trip and needed the data on there, so great. I didn't have my data either way, so I didn't initialize it yet. When I got back home, my desktop now would not read it either. I initialized, this time I went with HFS+ journaled instead of exFAT since I've been using mostly Mac's these days, thing is working again. You of course should never forget to properly unmount a file system, and it was exFAT which I'm not sure how well it handles improper activity, but man, some bad luck for me it feels like since I've forgotten to eject other volumes before.
So at this point, I've had some really random failures of these things, either up front when I don't slow format, after some x-ray activity (who knows if that was really the cause), one new 2015 32gig model that died after two months, random unexplained file system or partition corruption when not properly ejected (albeit with exFAT, not NTFS or HFS+), etc. Apricorn has replaced the dead one, and so far both continue to work, but I'm downgrading to four stars since I've now had several unexplained issues over the three years I've been using these.
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!
EDIT: I have now had this for a year now and use it daily to access passwords and account numbers. No problems. In fact, I am purchasing a second one right now as a backup since it has proven itself.
I will say this: Read and follow the instructions that come with it. I suspect at least some of the problems people have reported may have to do with inattention to the directions.
So… when you first open the package, find and READ THE DIRECTIONS—TWICE. Seriously.
Basically, the very first thing you’ll do is plug the device into your computer’s USB for 90 minutes to let it charge. Set a timer or pay attention to the clock. Blue light will blink slowly while charging. Your computer will not recognize the USB, nor even report one is plugged in, during this time. This is normal.
After 90 minutes of charging, unplug the Secure Key from your computer (just pull it out), and FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS to unlock it and give it a new passcode. You’ll need short fingernails or a stiff pencil eraser to do this, as the buttons are small. TAKE YOUR TIME AND DO IT RIGHT. You’ll have plenty of time, if you just work at a steady pace. And be sure to choose a passcode you can remember. (Since the keyboard is alpha numeric, you can choose a word or numbers, but it must involve at least 7 key presses, not more than 15.)
Wait for the lights to go out, then unlock the device with your chosen passcode:
Basically, press the key button (the one with the picture of a key on it), and wait for both red and green lights to blink together. Now enter your chosen passcode. Don’t rush and make a mistake; you’ll have plenty of time. Press key button when finished entering passcode. Red and green lights will stop blinking and glow strongly together for a moment. Then the green light will blink quickly all by itself. Have patience. It only takes a moment. And don’t worry, you’ll have time.
Then plug the device into your computer, and it will work like any other ordinary flash drive. Your compute will recognize it, treat it like any other flash drive. You will be able to access it and use it.
To remove it, simply eject it the way you would any other flash drive, pull it out, put the cover on, and go about your business.
I don’t trust the little wire key ring thingie that came on it. Wish it had the style of larger, faster Secure Keys, which have a large built-in hole on the end, making it easy to attach securely to a key ring. The long, small, straight hole on this device does not lend itself to that, so I removed the useless (to me) wire key ring thingie and threaded a leather thong through the hole, so I could wear the Secure Key around my neck under my shirt. Found a nice, thin, but not too thin, leather thong at craft store, in the wooden and leather jewelry supplies department.
I like the fact the hole is on the main part of the device and not the cover. Someone else mentioned wishing it was on the cover, but if the cover and device somehow separated while I was wearing it, I would rather lose the cover than the device.
That said, I think the cover is important because it prevents accidental key presses, and ambient moisture from getting into the device. There is a sort of o-ring to keep moisture out, although I wouldn’t rely on it to be truly watertight.
Planning to leave the Secure Key plugged in for a half hour or so at least once a month, to keep battery fully charged. I wonder if complaints about device going dead have to do with insufficient recharging time during normal daily use.
Tested the Secure Key as follows:
Plugged device into a computer I use it in every day, without first unlocking it with the passcode. The blue light began blinking slowly, but the computer did not recognize the drive. Since the blue light shines steadily when the drive is properly unlocked and inserted, but blinks—as it did during the initial charging—when not unlocked, I wonder if it charges in a different way (faster?) when simply plugged in. Plan to plug it in like this, without first unlocking it, every month for a half hour or so, to keep it fully charged, rather than leaving it in (unlocked) as I mentioned above, for that purpose. After about ten minutes (since this was only a test), I simply unplugged the device and waited for the red light to go out. It blinked red for a short while, indicating no proper passcode had been entered.
Entered the default passcode that came with the device, which should no longer work, and it did not, which is good. Upon entered this incorrect password, the device’s red light blinked by itself for a short while, and then went out. Once device was resting again, no lights blinking, I entered all but the last digit of the correct passcode, and the same thing happened. The red light blinked for a short while and went out. I then entered the correct passcode, and all was well.
In short, so far so good. Ordering another. Will try to report back more after I’ve had it longer.