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Nexcopy Introduces Lock License USB Flash Drives

Lake Forest, CA – October 19, 2020 – Nexcopy Inc., a leading manufacturer and developer of flash memory duplicators, introduces the USB write protect Lock License flash drive.

Nexcopy turns the market on it’s head with the Lock License flash drive. A flash drive which is by default a read-only or write protected device. The device will accept a user password to unlock the drive through Nexcopy’s Lock License utility software. This new approach gives the power back to the user for when a USB is a writable device.

“The fundamental change towards how our flash drive works should draw attention for those looking for read-only USB flash drives” says Greg Morris, CEO of Nexcopy Inc. “What is unique about the Lock License approach is whenever power is cut to the device, for example disconnection, the USB is automatically write protected. This is the strongest first line defense against malicious software or virus jumping onto a flash drive without the user knowing. It is impossible to infect a USB drive if the device is write protected.”

Lock License flash drives require a password upon first use. This password is used to unlock the write protection and make the USB a read/write device. This feature provides a personalized solution for each business which uses the Lock License technology. There is no need to set the write protection after being unlocked because simply cutting power to the device will put the USB into its default state: a read-only device.

The Nexcopy Lock License USB flash drive has the following features:

  • Default state of drive is read-only, a.k.a write protected
  • User assigned password to remove write protection
  • No password is required to read from the drive, acts as normal WORM device
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) to set password and remove write protection
  • Command line utility for custom integration to remove write protection
  • No back door password or feature from Nexcopy to unlock the drive
  • Available in USB 2.0 and 3.0 technology and ranging from 2GB through 128GB capacities

Stan McCrosky, head of Sales, comments, “System Control manufacturers for waterworks, electrical utility and petroleum companies need a solution like this. The ability to load software or firmware to a hardware based USB read-only device gives system control companies an incredible amount of security for in-field deployment via USB. More importantly, the command line utility gives the manufacturers a secure way to unlock the drive and update the content remotely without the worry of the drive remaining read/write. It’s simply impossible for the drive to remain writable.” McCrosky concludes.

The Lock License USB flash drive is simple to implement. Steps include:

  • Connect USB to a Windows computer
  • Open either GUI or command line utility to remove write protection
  • Assign a password to be used when removing the write protection
  • Data load the drive as needed
  • Eject drive from computer once copy process is complete
  • At this point the USB is write protected at the hardware controller level
  • The Lock License drive can be read (used) by any device on any platform
  • Password not required to read data from the drive
  • Password is only used when removing write protection to make the USB read/write

Nexcopy Lock License media is available in USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 technology and range it capacity from 2GB through 128GB. Nexcopy offers six body styles for the Lock License media with a wide range of body colors available for each stye, all available for custom branding. The six body styles include Oxford; a capless swivel style drive. Newport; a classic rectangular shape with cap. Lexington; a classic rectangular style with rounded edges and cap. Augusta; a shorter style drive with large lanyard loop. Huntington and Geneva which uses an aluminum body for more durability and also better suited for laser etch branding.

The Oxford style swivel drive is the in stock media Nexcopy carries for same day printing and shipping. Nexcopy inventories USB 2.0 media of 2GB and 4GB capacity and in stock USB 3.0 media of 8GB, 16GB, 32Gb, 64GB and 128GB capacities. The in stock Oxford media is a black body with white swivel clip with full color printing via the Nexcopy Logo-EZ USB flash drive printer.

The Lock License utility is available for download off the Nexcopy support page. The utility requires a Nexcopy licensed USB flash drive. The Lock License USB write protection is not a universal solution for any thumb drive, a Nexcopy drive is required in order to take advantage of the increased security the technology offers.

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Notice – Update To Lock License Drives

What is Lock License:

Lock License flash drives by Nexcopy are drives where the user can set the write protection after their data load. This puts the USB into a read-only state. When the USB is read-only the files on the drive cannot be changed, manipulated, deleted or formatted off the drive. The write protection features is a hardware solution and set at the controller level of the device.

Lock License refers to a license Nexcopy puts on the drive to be compatible with our utility to lock and unlock the drive.

Nexcopy offers two software solutions to set the write protection to Lock License drives. Nexcopy offers a GUI (Graphical User Interface) utility to set the state of the drive. In addition, a command line tool is also available to set the write protection. The command line tool allows the user to wrap the write protection step into their own workflow process.

In addition, the Lock License technology gives the user the ability to unlock the drive, make updates or changes to the device, and relock the drive to make it read-only.

The user may perform the locking by either the GUI utility or command line utility. The above technology was made available and released in the spring of 2013.

Security issue:

Nexcopy Lock License drives have been a tremendous success since its release. However, the solution has a security issue in that only one tool, or method, is used for all customers to lock and unlock drives. Said another way; any one user with our utility could unlock a Lock License drive from any other user. With the upcoming release, this security issue is resolved.

The upgrade:

The upgrade consists of two elements. The first element is a fundamental change in how the technology works. Starting October 1, 2020 all Lock Licnese drives default to a read-only or write protected state. Whenever power is given to the device the drive is read-only. The second element to the October 1st upgrade is a required password to unlock the drive. First time use of the drive will require the operator to set and enter a password. From that point forward, only that password will unlock that specific drive.

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Nexcopy Lock License, USB write protection

USB read only, Nexcopy Lock License

Command Line Screen Shot

USB write protection, Nexcopy, Lock License, Command Line

Each Lock License drive in the field since its inception (2013) will have the ability to programmatically upgrade to this more secure solution. The GUI and command line tool have automatic upgrade features to update any previous version of a Lock License drive. This upgrade is required for all Lock License drives as the previous technology, due to security issues, will no longer be available by Nexcopy. GUI and command line tool version 2.0.6 or higher will be required to operate Lock License drives.

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New Kinetic Typography Video From Nexcopy

Kinetic typography is the technical name for “moving text.” It is an animation technique mixing motion and text to express ideas using video animation. Nexcopy has tried our hand with kinetic typography to market and promotion the USB200PRO system, the USB duplicator system which supports advanced functions like write protect USB media, partition USB media and create CD-ROM USB media. Take a look: For dealers interested in getting this video where it points to a specific landing page on your website, please contact Nexcopy marketing [here] for more information. Here is the plain text of the kinetic typography video above:
Looking for more from your flash drive, then just storage? Say, write protect your data so it cannot be deleted off? Or make the USB drive appear as a CD-ROM device? How about partition a drive so it appears as two drive letters? Nexcopy understands your needs – and we can help. Lets talk about the USB200PRO duplicator. The PRO series duplicator from Nexcopy. We have the technology to write protect your content. We have the technology to create a USB CD-ROM device. We have the technology to partition a drive into multiple drive letters. The USB200PRO can do it all. The USB200PRO is designed for in-house use. Perform these advanced functions at your facility – at your convenience. Publish your content on your schedule. Configure your drive the way you want it. Nexcopy understands your needs – we have the solution. Look to learn more about the USB200PRO. The more you know, the better it gets.
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Nexcopy Introduces SuperSpeed 3.0 USB Duplicator Systems

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA — Jan 19, 2011 — Nexcopy Inc., a leading manufacturer in USB Duplicator solutions, announces the release of a 16 target SuperSpeed 3.0 USB duplicator for data loading to USB 3.0 devices.

The new 3.0 USB Duplicators from Nexcopy provide ultra fast data copying via the SuperSpeed USB specification. The new USB 3.0 Duplicator systems will reach maximum data transfer rates for the given device connected. The Nexcopy SSUSB160PC is a PC based system giving the user flexible configuration options as a network resource or dedicated binary bit for bit USB copier.

  • All new 16 target SuperSpeed 3.0 USB Duplicator by Nexcopy
  • SuperSpeed USB specifications increases performance by an average of 150% from USB 2.0 technology
  • Feature rich Nexcopy Drive Manager Software supports all formats, FAT, FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, HFS, Unix and IMG files
  • Short image or Full image binary copy from physical master device
  • Bit for bit verification function to ensure 100% accuracy
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Zedomax Reports

“If you are thinking about getting a “secure” USB flash drive to protect your data, consider Nexcopy’s USB Secure USB Flash Drives.  The Secure Flash Drive products have some additional qualities that are VERY unique. For example, the drive can be configured to include a USB CD-ROM partition with an Open partition to read/write OR you may configure the drive to include a USB Read Only partition with open partition, or finally you may configure the drive to be a USB dongle where there entire drive is Read Only”…read more from… Continue Reading

EverythingUSB Reports

“What you need is a flash drive duplicator that will not only duplicate flash drives, but offers USB copy protection as well. The new Nexcopy USB drive duplicator allows the addition of copy protection to the files stored on the drive to prevent unauthorized duplication. This would be perfect for designers looking to be able to give out digital portfolios, but wanting to protect their work from duplication. Both software and PDF documents can be copy protected”…read more from… Continue Reading

BoingBoing Reports

“The awesomely, Sovietly square Nexcopy USB200PC key duplicator will flash 20 USB sticks at once from a master key. Sounds like a useful tool for samizdata (see, for example, Cuba, where keys were used to spread videos of a suppressed congressional crisis), and it’s going to look great on the scrapheap of history in a decade or so!” read more from BoingBoingContinue Reading

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