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USB flash storage devices

Posted on 2004-08-26
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I'm thinking about buying a usb flash storage device for my notebook, can someone tell me the best way to protect the data stored on this type of device?  Is there encryption that will work? Are these devices password protected? Thank you for your assistance.
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by:Callandor
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There are products that come with encryption built-in: http://www.eyenetwatch.com/USB_hard_drive/encrypted-usb-drive.htm

You can also encrypt your data with something like PGP before saving it to the drive.  PGP is about as secure as any program commercially available.
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by:DVation191
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a drive that authenticates you using your thumbprint comes to mind...
http://www.thinkgeek.com/clearance/6768/
http://www.geekfocus.com/content/view/48/41/
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by:rid
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Use a CompactFlash card and a PCMCIA adapter for the laptop (and a USB adapter for desktop use). Keep the CFC in your wallet. Nothing beats physical protection of data storage media, for sheer simplicity. And it lets you access your data even after scarring your thumb or forgetting the password etc.
/RID
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by:pjcrooks2000
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The pen drive I have comes with a password protection facilty...The program is stored on a virtual floppy drive B:  You can set the preferences and this will disable access to the Main storage area.

Check these ones out but these are UK links you will probably find some somewhere nearby you, wherever that may be

http://www.eyenetwatch.com/USB_hard_drive/picodisk-crypto-usb_.htm

Good luck
pjcrooks2000

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by:HCP1998
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What's the best protection if you have an existing device that dosen't come with password protection? Are there any software products that can provide protection?
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I don't think so,

I can suggest something however and i suggest you do this anyway.  Never leave it unattended, always put it in your pocket.

Now you can use PGP for encryption of files as above but the process is similar to zipping your files up.  For that matter you could use Winrar http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm a program that zips your files up and protect them with a password in winrar.

That was people will not be able to extract your files without the password.  To password protect them all you do is right click on th e file and select save to archive when you have Winrar installed.  You can then use the advanced tab to save and select the password tab to set a password for the files.  Obviously you want to have a password that uses both upper and lower case, Alpha numeric and other special haracters ( * & ^ ! \/ - _ )

Once you set the password the archive will then be password protected.  You can look in the archive a the folder structure but as soon as you try to look at a file it will prompt for the password.

Thats what I would use anyway, and also don't leave the device unattended.

Good look to you!

pjcrooks2000
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Good luck to you ;)
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