Aegis Padlock - USB 3.0

Aegis Padlock - USB 3.0

Encrypted USB 3.0 Hard Drive with PIN Access

Quick Overview

  • Secure PIN Access

  • Integrated USB 3.0 cable - Data transfer speeds up to 10X faster than USB 2.0

  • On-The-Fly 256-bit Military Grade AES-XTS Hardware Encryption

  • Software-Free Design - No admin rights required

  • Compatible with any OS - Windows, Mac & Linux

  • Immune to BadUSB exploit;
    USB Controller locked / not field-updatable.

  • Designed and Assembled in the U.S.A.
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Portable Security for your Data at the Speed of USB 3.0
With real-time AES hardware encryption, software free design and a super speed USB 3.0 connection, you can secure your data faster than ever before.
Looking for an effortless way to secure your data while taking advantage of the fastest USB 3.0 speeds? Look no further than the Aegis Padlock 3.0, the latest and fastest of Apricorn's Secure Drive line. With the same easy-to-use keypad design and software free setup, the Aegis Padlock 3.0 enables you to access the drive with your own unique pin but now at data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps.

Utilizes Military Grade FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm
Featuring 256-bit hardware encryption, the Aegis Padlock 3.0 seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive on the fly, keeping your data safe even if the hard drive is removed from its enclosure.

Super fast USB 3.0 Connection – Data transfer speeds up to 10X faster than USB 2.0
With a super speed USB 3.0 interface, you can now access your files faster than ever before. The Aegis Padlock 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports.

Software-Free Design – With no admin rights to contend with the Aegis Padlock is a breeze to implement
With no software installation required for setup or operation and the ability to run on any platform, the Aegis Padlock 3.0 provides stress free deployment in corporate environments. The Aegis Padlock can be configured with independent Admin and User PINs. The Administrator Feature allows enrollment of up to five unique User ID’s and one Administrator. If the User forgets their PIN, the drive can be unlocked using the Admin PIN.

Drive Reset Feature
The Aegis Padlock 3.0 also employs a useful drive reset feature, which can be implemented with a unique command. This clears all PINs and data, and creates a new randomly generated encryption key, enabling the drive to be reset and redeployed as many times as needed.

Auto-lock Feature
The unattended Aegis Padlock 3.0 can be configured to lock after a pre-determined amount of time of your choosing. Ideal for protecting your data when you’re away from your desk.

Data at Rest Protection
All data, PINs, and encryption keys are always encrypted while at rest.

Brute Force Self Destruct Feature
The Aegis Padlock uses a three pronged approach to protect against a Brute Force attack. The first step is to deny access to the drive until the drive can verify the user PIN. After several incorrect attempts the drive will lock itself, requiring the drive to be plugged in again to input a PIN. This feature blocks automated attempts to enter PIN numbers. Lastly, after a predetermined number of failed PIN entries, the Padlock assumes it is being attacked and will destroy the encryption key and lock itself, rendering the data useless and requiring a total reset to redeploy the Padlock.

Sealed from Physical Attacks by Tough Epoxy Coating
In addition to encrypting all of the PINs, data and the encryption key itself, the Aegis Padlock adds another barrier between your data and a hacker. The encryption chip and circuitry of the Aegis Padlock are completely protected by a super tough epoxy compound, which is virtually impossible to remove without causing permanent damage to the electronics. This barrier prevents a potential hacker from accessing the encryption circuitry and launching a variety of potential attacks.

Wear Resistant Key Pad
Designed with protection in mind, the entire Aegis Padlock family incorporates ‘wear resistant’ keypads to hide key usage and avoid tipping off a potential hacker to the commonly used keys.

VTC Technology
Protection against hacker attempts doesn’t stop with Brute Force. Incorporated into the Aegis Padlock’s electronics is Apricorn’s Variable Time Circuit (VTC) technology, working to thwart “timing attacks” aimed at accessing the drive by studying the behavior and infiltrating the Padlock’s electronics.

Compact, Rugged Design – Perfect for taking your data on the road
The Aegis Padlock’s low powered design is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Perfectly pocketable, the Aegis Padlock’s compact, robust design features a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system, protecting the drive from drops and knocks. The convenient integrated USB 3.0 cable eliminates the need to carry around cords with you and allows you to be connected at the flick of a fingertip.

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Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 - up to 5 Gbps
Power Supply 100% Bus Powered
Buffersize 8MB
Interface Super Speed USB 3.0 (Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1)
RPM 5400
Average seek time 12 ms
Shock - non operating 1000G 1ms
Shock - operating 300G 2ms
Dimensions 19mm X 84.5mm X 120mm (0.75” X 3.3” X 4.7”) Weight: 6.2oz.
Warranty 3 year limited
Approvals FCC & CE
System Requirements Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux Requires USB port
Comments One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.
  1. Outstanding! Review by Mike

    This is hands down the most user friendly encrypted device i have come across in 7 years of working IT and using encrypted drives. Large buttons make it easy to access when in gloves. setup was less than 2 minutes. USB3.0 makes for splended transfer speeds.

    Great product. (Posted on 3/6/13)

  2. Aegis PadLock is what every portable hard drive should be! Review by L2 Technologies

    The drive performs well and I am pleased with the ease of operation. I liked it so much I started running around with it instead of my USB thumb drive... Everyone around seems to be dazzled by it. Data security is something that many do not consider. The Aegis PadLock is what every portable hard drive should be!

    This drive has been tested under all operating systems.

    Windows XP, Vista, 7, Windows Server 2003/2008, Linux, Mac OS-X.

    Operation was simple and flawless!

    I am moving forward making recommendations to all. Company and client policy will see an update to require this drive in place of traditional hard disk encryption, saving time on deployment and ease of use. This is the future of portable drives.

    Way to go Aegis!

    Lou Lopez
    L2 Technologies (Posted on 6/7/12)

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How do I use the Aegis Padlock the first time?

You can use it in one of the following ways:

1) Enter the Admin Mode with 123456 (default administrator password), and then you are able to change the Admin Password OR

2) Create a User Password Directly enter the Secure User Mode with 123456 (default Admin Password) to use the Aegis Padlock.

What can I do if I forget the User Password?

Use your Admin Password to enter Admin Mode, and then create another User Password in Admin Mode.

What can I do if I forget the Admin Password?

There is no other way to retrieve the Admin Password except a complete reset of the Aegis Padlock. After a complete reset, all data will be lost and you will need to initialize, allocate and format the Aegis Padlock manually. Then you will be able to use the default Admin Password 123456.

Why did the operating system not recognize the Aegis Padlock after I enter the User Mode and completely reset the computer?

You need to initialize, allocate and format the Aegis Padlock manually. For more information, refer to "Initializing and formatting the Hard Drive after a complete reset" in the product manual.

Can I initialize and format the Aegis Padlock with Windows user?

No, this is a Windows limitation, you must use the Admin account to initialize and format the Aegis Padlock.

How do I use the Aegis Padlock without a PIN?

As a full disk encryption product, the Aegis Padlock can never be used without a PIN.

What encryption algorithm is used in this product?

Depending on your model the Aegis Padlock uses either AES 128-bit or 256-bit algorithm.

Why could I not change my User Password which has the same digits as the Admin password?

You can change it only in the Admin Mode. In the User Mode, the User Password which has the same digits is created in the Admin Mode cannot be changed or deleted.

Why could I not initialize, partition or format the Aegis Padlock?

Ensure that you have administrator privileges. You can use only the administrator account to initialize, partition or format the Aegis Padlock in the Admin Mode.

Why doesn’t my Aegis Padlock 3.0, Aegis Padlock DT or Aegis Bio 3.0 work with my computer’s USB 3.0 port?

A very small percentage of computer manufacturers incorporate an ASMedia 1042 or 1043 USB 3.0 Host Bus Controller. Revision 1 thru 4 of this ASMedia chipset does not adhere to the USB 3.0 standard and is not compatible with Apricorn USB 3.0 products. If your computer was manufactured with one of these chipsets, you will only be able to use your Apricorn product on a USB 2.0 port. For troubleshooting purposes you can view the manufacturer of your USB 3.0 chipset by viewing the properties of your USB 3.0 controller in the computer's Device Manager, unfortunately the revision of the chipset is not displayed.

What are the ECCN and HST codes used for shipping this device outside the US?

ECCN: 5A992A and HTS code 8473.50.3000

Why does my drive automatically lock after 7-15 minutes?

Starting with Windows 8 and OSX for the Mac, there is a power setting that will attempt to put all drives to sleep to save power.



For the Mac

Open Energy Saver settings (Applications -> System Preferences -> Energy Saver) and uncheck the option “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”.

Mac settings



For Windows 8.0

From the start screen, type “edit power” and choose to edit plan settings. Select the “Change advanced power setting”. Expand the Hard Disk setting and change the setting ("Never" is a good option if the computer does not operate on battery power).

Windows 8.0 settings

Also Expand the USB setting and change the USB selective suspend setting and change it to “disable”.

Windows 8.0 USB settings



For Windows 8.1

There is a known bug in 8.1 where the above settings will not make the desired change. Microsoft has recently competed a fix to resolve this problem that can be found here.

Microsoft suggested fixes

Q. What is BadUSB and are Apricorn devices susceptible to this exploit?

A. BadUSB is a theoretical exploit that was presented by SR Labs at the Black Hat conference in August of 2014. SR Labs demonstrated a vulnerability in one USB device that allowed malicious code to be programmed into the USB controller through a firmware update process. The attack described is very sophisticated and in the case of Apricorn’s products would require advanced knowledge of our USB controller, a leaked version of our firmware, the programming tool to update our controller, the password used for our programming tool, and an in depth understanding of the device’s functionality, etc. According to SR Labs, the failsafe method to eliminate this threat is to simply disable the ability to update the controller’s firmware. Many of Apricorn’s devices shipping today, including all of our USB 3.0 security products, Padlock and Padlock Pro families already have the firmware locked which prevents field updates to the USB controller. As a continuous improvement, Apricorn is locking down the firmware on all USB controllers used in Apricorn devices to safeguard against this vulnerability. We recommend checking our website periodically for notices regarding BadUSB and Security Updates.
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Aegis Padlock 3.0 Awarded WIRED Magazine Editor's Choice

Jul 24, 2012 | Michael S. Lasky | Publication: WIRED Magazine
WIRED Editor's Choice

The Aegis Padlock is fast and brawny -- its USB 3.0 data transfers are nearly 10 times quicker than USB 2.0, and the built-in AES encryption chip (choose between 128- and 256-bit protection) is coated in epoxy, which can't be compromised without damaging the circuitry beyond repair.

Though muscular, the 6.2-ounce Padlock is small enough to slip into your pocket, and it comes with an integrated USB cable you'll never lose. The keypad is large and easy to type on, and because it has both numbers and letters (just like a telephone), passcodes can be a string of digits or a phrase.

Clearly aimed at the corporate market, the Padlock is still a reasonable choice for individuals who want its lightning-quick performance and double-edged security. The drive comes formatted for Windows but will work with Mac and Linux systems as well with a reformat.

Read full online review at WIRED Magazine Online

Aegis Padlock 3.0 - Secure USB 3.0 Hard Drive Product Review

Apr 29, 2012 | William Wong | Publication: Electronic Design
Electronic Design

Apricorn's Aegis Padlock 3 (Fig. 1) is a secure, shock mounted 1 Tbyte USB 3.0 hard drive. It is a little larger than Seagate’s USB 3.0 BlackArmor PS 110 is a 7200-rpm, 500-Gbyte hard drive that I checked out over a year ago. Both deliver USB 3.0 performance but the Padlock 3 adds a water-resistant keyboard for entering your security code. No code. No data.

The sealed, epoxy coated Aegis Padlock 3 I checked out is a newer version of the USB 2.0 one that Joe Desposito looked at (see Two New Drives Feature Data Protection That's Easy To Use). They all use the same technology as Apricorn's Aegis Secure Key. A keypad is used to enter a code to unlock the encrypted drive. In the case of the Aegis Secure Key, the drive is a USB flash drive.

The big difference between the Secure Key and the Padlock 3, other than the storage technology, is that the Secure Key has a battery so the code can be entered before the drive is plugged in. The code is entered on the Padlock 3 after it is plugged into a USB port. The status LED goes green after the correct key is entered and the drives work as usual.

The Padlock 3 uses a 256-bit AES encryption hardware so the drive can transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds. This includes the ability to stream HD video or any other data for that matter.

The keycode can be 6 to 16 digits. There is an administrator keycode and additional codes for users, if desired. A user code provides access to data but it cannot be used to manage the drive. There is a also a "self destruct password" the effectively makes the drive contents inaccessible. This simply deletes the internal key so the encrypted data can no longer be read.

It is possible to reuse the drive at any time by resetting the system and setting a new admin password. The drive will need to be reformatted. Out of the box, the drive is formatted as an NTFS drive with a PDF file that contains the documentation. The drive supports any format and any host since the decryption key is entered using the keypad.

Read full online review at Electronic Design