Faqs

Aegis Secure Key brute force or hacking attempt protection If your Aegis Secure Key has reached its limit of of consecutive unsuccessful attempts to unlock, the brute force will activate and will completley reset the drive as follows:

* A new encryption key will be generated
* The User and Admin PIN will be deleted
* All the data on the Key will no longer be accessible
* A new User PIN will need to be set
* The Aegis Secure Key will need to be formatted
Can the key be used for Windows to Go? Yes. While it has not been Microsoft certified, it has been extensively tested and will work well for this purpose. To use this drive for booting, turn on the Lock-Override feature in the Admin Settings and verify that the drive is in read/write mode (not read-only).
How do I get my 'Apricorn Device' and my wireless mouse to work together? The Signal to Noise Ratio through the USB cable drops dramatically over distance. Simply plugging the two devices into USB ports that are not immediately adjacent usually resolves the issue. In a worst case scenario a USB extension cable can be used to put distance between the USB3 storage and the wireless mouse receiver.
How do I unlock the Aegis Secure Key if the battery is dead? Your Aegis Secure Key has a built-in rechargeable battery. If the battery is fully discharged you can still continue to use the product by following the instructions below:

a) Connect the Aegis Secure Key to a USB port on any computer

b) While the Key is connected to the computer, enter the User or Admin PIN to unlock the drive

c) While connected to the USB port, the internal battery will automatically charge. We recommend you keep the drive connected for approximately 1 hour to fully charge the battery
Is there any problem leaving the drive in Lock-Override mode? In the lock =-override mode, the drive will stay unlocked until either the USB port power is interrupted or the lock button is physically pressed. To protect the contents of the drive, use this mode with an abundance of caution, especially when plugged into a powered hub. If the drive is left plugged into a powered hub, unlocked and unattended, it is possible to move the hub's host side USB cable to another computer without interrupting USB power to the device. It is always a good practice to lock the drive or remove it from the USB port when unattended.
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.
The drive seems to run hot

The SSD in the Secure Key is operating at roughly the same temperature as the SSD you might have in your notebook or desktop computer. The Secure Key case is designed to dissipate the heat generated by the chips and keep them well within the range of their recommended operating temperature.

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

ECCN: 5A992C and HTS code 8473.50.3000

What if I forget my PIN on my Aegis Configurator-Compatible Secure Key? If you forget the User and Admin PINs, if you programmed data recovery PINs into the device at the time of setup, follow the directions to open the device using one of those PINs. If you did not program data recovery PINs into your device, data recovery will be impossible; there are no back doors into the drive. You will need to completely reset the Aegis Secure Key by following the directions in section 4. By resetting all data stored on the Key will be inaccessible.

When the Aegis Secure Key is reset the following occurs:

* A new encryption key is generated
* The User and Admin PIN are deleted
* All the data on the Key is no longer accessible
* A new User PIN will need to be set
* The Aegis Secure Key will need to be formatted
Where can I find a more technical explanation of the problem between USB3 devices and wireless mice? Intel has written an informative white paper that explains in detail the cause of the interference between USB3 devices and the 2.4GHz receivers. You can download the whitepaper directly from Intel here: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/io/universal-serial-bus/usb3-frequency-interference-paper.html