Back in 2010, or somewhere earlier, the guys at Systematic Development Group introduced a padlock security coded USB drive for a very limited target market. Over the next few months, the idea evolved into something bigger and better. They released the LOK IT series USB drives; all of them have numeric keypads on the drive’s case to help you define your custom password.

SDGs Lok IT series USB was one of the earliest products in the online market

Now all of this happened a long time ago. I did not buy that USB drive because I did not find the “need” to secure my data. However, cyber security threats, the tenacity to forget my USB sticks and various other reasons have convinced me to grow a likeness for such devices. I mean, you should at least give these hard drives a try if you want to secure your data to unmatched levels.

When Systematic Development Group released their earliest batches of padlock USB drives, they were available in 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB variations. Today, you can buy the improved version of these USBs for:

  • Much lower price range
  • Higher memory size range

Speaking of memory size, I spotted a few very neat Corsair pin lock USB drives, and Aegis hard drives. Both of these storage media are offered with a maximum range of 500Gb memory size. Coming back to the SDG products, their USB comes with a small owner’s manual. You are supposed to define your PIN code for personal data protection.

This Corsair padlock USB is expensive and only comes in 16 Gb/ 32 Gb variation

Corsair PIN code protected USB Drive 16 GB Edition

Should you or anyone enter incorrect code 10 times, the USB drive will be locked. The only way to unlock is by performing a drive format process, which I don’t think that anyone would be in the position of affording. If so, then the purpose of defining a code to protect the data would be rendered fruitless.

Just to be on the safe side, whenever you buy padlock style storage media devices, keep the code short, simple and write it down somewhere safe. You can choose the first 4 or the last 4 digits of your cell phone number or it could be anything that you run into on day-to-day basis. Systematic Development Group’s USBs use the 256 Bit AES encryption system for super duper data protection.

John Tate of the Systematic Development Team said that he wanted to target customers who needed advanced data protection devices. As I mentioned earlier that these devices have become very common, you can buy them at Amazon marketplace. However, don’t forget to read their reviews because some of the so-called padlocked USB and hard drives can be cracked via ghost keyloggers.