Aegis Bio - USB 3.0

Biometrically-Authenticated | On-the-Fly 100% Hardware-Based Encryption | Software-Free Setup and Operation | Cross-Platform Compatible | Pocket-Sized Portability
$900.74 - $1,523.89
Designed and Assembled in California USA
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  • Aegis Bio - USB 3.0
  • Aegis Bio - USB 3.0
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  • Aegis Bio - USB 3.0
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Biometrically-Authenticated, Compact, and Built to Safely Take Your Data Anywhere: Aegis Bio 3.0

The Aegis Bio 3.0 fuses leading edge technology in biometric authentication with on-the-fly AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption in a rugged, super fast USB 3.0 drive, making your data both ultra secure and readily available at the swipe of a finger. The Bio’s software free design thrives in any operating system, PC, Mac or Linux and also thrives where software-authenticated encrypted devices can't even function such as embedded systems, machinery, and any equipment in possession of a powered USB port and storage file system. And all of the Aegis Bio's internal componentry is protected from physical tampering with a layer of hardened epoxy, and the firmware is locked down which prevents any modifications, making it immune to malware attacks such as BadUSB.

100% Hardware-Based Military-Grade FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm

On-the-fly 256-bit AES-XTS encryption seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive as it's being written; all data, authentication codes, and encryption keys remain encrypted while the drive is at rest.

Biometric Fingerprint Access

Simply swipe your finger on the sensor for access to your files. Up to five fingerprint profiles can be stored.

The fingerprint sensor uses an Advanced live layer imaging technology to provide the most accurate fingerprint image possible by way of a patented dual-plate active pixel design. The sensor uses three different sensing methods that penetrate outer layers of skin to read live layers under the skin (Anti-spoofing protection), meeting the stringent image quality requirements of NIST and the FBI.

Eliminate Forgotten Passwords

Replacing passwords with fingerprint biometrics improves security and efficiency as passwords can be lost, stolen, or forgotten.

Software-Free Design

No software is involved whatsoever in the Bio's setup or operation which not only enhances the security of your data, it also affords the ability to run on any platform or system with a powered USB port.

The Aegis Bio’s unique Embedded Enrollment keeps all fingerprint enrollment and authentication within the Aegis Bio circuitry, never sharing it with any host system. While other biometric drives use a CD emulation module or software on the host system for fingerprint enrollment, the Aegis Bio involves no software, enabling it to be used on any USB host regardless of its OS.

Hardwired Integrated USB 3.0 Cable

Hardwired Integrated USB cable is rugged and guaranteed for the life of the drive. USB 3.1 connector is backwards compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1 ports.

Cross Platform Compatible

Completely cross-platform compatible and OS agnostic; the Padlock 3 thrives with Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and Chrome.
Data Transfer Rate
USB 3.0 - up to 5 Gbps
Power Supply
100% Bus Powered
Super Speed USB 3.0 (Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1)
Average seek time
12 ms
Shock - non operating
1000G 1ms
Shock - operating
300G 2ms
19mm X 84.5mm X 120mm (0.75” X 3.3” X 4.7”) Weight: 6.2oz.
3 year limited
ECCN / HTS / Cage Code
5A992.c / 8473.50.3000 / 3VYK8
System Requirements
Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux Requires USB port
One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.

01-30-2018 | Wayne Williams

If you want to keep your personal data safe and secure, then a hardware encrypted drive is your best bet.

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How do I know which specific manual to use for my Apricorn encrypted drive?

For Apricorn encrypted drives with a DOM (Date of Manufacture, found on original packaging label under the UPC code) of September 2017 to the present date, refer to the manual with product’s name and the word “Configurable” in the title. If unsure of manufacture date, all Aegis Configurator compatible devices have the “Configurable ‘C’” logo on the back. For older non-configurator compatible secure drives, refer to the manual that doesn’t have “Configurable” in the title.

Why is my drive locking and entering standby mode while it is still connected to my Mac?

There are Energy Saver system settings within the Mac OS that could be sending suspend commands to the Apricorn drive, forcing it to lock when not in use. To disable these settings, open the system preferences in the Mac OS and navigate to the Energy Saver settings. There is an option here to “put hard disks to sleep when idle.” Uncheck this option and the Aegis secure device should stay unlocked as long as the Mac is not put to sleep/shut down.

Why is my drive locking and entering standby mode while connected to my PC even after I have configured the power settings correctly?

If Windows ignores revised power settings, PowerShell is a more effective tool for managing the suspend commands. Microsoft provides a PowerShell script here

Download the Windows PowerShell script from Microsoft and save it to C:\Temp. Right click on the Windows 10 Start icon, and from the pop up menu select ‘Windows Powershell (Admin)’. Within PowerShell change directory to C:\Temp Type: cd c:\Temp Type: Powershell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -File ToggleSuspend.ps1 This will list USB devices and their suspend policies. Take note of drives listed. If no USB drives are connected, nothing will be displayed. Press Enter to exit the script. Attach and unlock the Apricorn secure device to your computer. Type: Powershell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -File ToggleSuspend.ps1 Enter the USB drive number for the Apricorn drive (it will be the new one on the list, and likely number 1) and press Enter. Type: Powershell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -File ToggleSuspend.ps1 This will list USB devices and their suspend policies. Verify that the Apricorn drive has Disabled displayed under, ‘SuspendOnIdle’. Press enter to exit the script

What encryption algorithm is used in this product?

The entire family of Aegis secure devices uses an AES-XTS 256-bit algorithm.

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

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. 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.

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

  • ECCN: 5A992C
  • HTS code for HDD devices: 8471.70.2000
  • HTS code for SSD and Secure Key Devices: 8523.51.0000

How many fingerprints should be enrolled?

The minimum recommendation would be to enroll 2 fingerprints and the maximum permitted is 5 fingerprints; however, you may want to reserve 1 or 2 fingerprints for future use. Once all 5 spots are taken, the only method of removing fingerprints is to re-set the drive, which will erase all stored fingerprints and data on the drive.

Is there any other way to access the drive without using the fingerprint scanner?

No. Until the scanner authenticates the user's fingerprint, the drive will not even be visible to the operating system.

Will the Aegis Bio's fingerprint reader interfere with the fingerprint reader that is built into my laptop?

No. The circuitry for the Aegis Bio's fingerprint reader is securely isolated from any communications that might come from your computer or any other source.