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Apricorn Aegis Secure USB Key for password storage?

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#1 sander66


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 03:49 PM

I still can't warm up to the idea to keep passwords in the cloud.


How safe is the idea to use a OS independent encrypted USB stick with onboard keyboard?




I figure the data is rather secure on the USB drive. The passwords could be in a Excel file.


My only concerns:

- if there is malware on the PC that could read the screen

- If I use a Excel file I likely would end up with a temp file on the host PC?

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#2 Jeff2017


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:46 PM

I don't like to have my personal information in the cloud either.  I want to keep my passwords and my important data off the internet.  


Check out this new product: https://qkey.com/


Pretty cool: stores log in's, passwords, payment info (credit cards) and data on the encrypted key.  Super easy to use and web browsing is done through the keys' dedicated, secure web session that disappears when the encrypted key is removed.  No files or data remain on the computer or have to be stored on the internet.


I just saw it.  It has a great user experience, very secure and all of MY critical info is controlled by me, OFF of the internet if I choose.   


If you check it out, let me know what your think.  

#3 Didier Stevens

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 03:45 AM

I use IronKey and datashur encrypted USB sticks. Solid solution. Your Aegis looks like a datashur stick, so it's probably rebranded.


I would recommend that you use an offline password manager in stead of Excel. For example KeePass. They offer extra protection (compared to Excel), not only regarding temporary files like you mentioned, but for example clearing your clipboard when you copy a password to your clipboard.

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