A safe for your flash drive

Five-digit code required to work the 'Flash Padlock.'

Corsair is apparently the kind of company we can relate to: a paranoid one. Although it's made a name for itself in high-speed technologies, some of its recent products seem more focused on security and survival than anything else. (Witness the seemingly indestructible " Flash Survivor " USB key.)

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The company continues that theme in its latest offering, the "Flash Padlock," which expands the secure USB concept with a numeric keypad that can be programmed to your own five-digit code. It locks automatically when disconnected, according to OhGizmo, an it won't even be acknowledged by the computer's operating system without the correct sequence of digits.

At $30 for a 1GB drive and $40 for 2GB, it's a cheaper alternative than many of the fingerprint-locked models we've seen. The only problem is we'd have to remember the PIN because there's no more room to write down any more passwords on our palms.

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