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How can I make my USB flash drive prompt me for a password?

Posted on 2011-09-13
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Maybe someone can provide me a link to get FREE software? Please do no recommend truecrypt because I am not looking for any type of encryption software, nor am I looking to encrypt the folders/files within my flash drive. I simply want an app that will allow for me to enter a secure password when i insert my flash drive into a USB port on any machine.
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Try this software it should do the trick.

 http://www.newsoftwares.net/usb-secure/
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by:inaira
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On any machine? I'm afraid you can't. You have to install third party software on any machine to do the trick.
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by:Paul Sauvé
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"On any machine? I'm afraid you can't. You have to install third party software on any machine to do the trick."
@ inaira: I have a USB key from work and it has security software ON THE USB KEY that requires a password. It is called CRUZER(c) enterprise FIPS. No other software is required on any of the computers I use. The application on the USB key is called Enterprise_Launcher.exe.

However, it is NOT free.  (please see Callandor's answer - 36535698 - above)
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by:rocman
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ksol, I use the following setup to achieve what you are asking ...

It requires USB Safely Remove to be installed on your computer(s) ... I have no affiliation with them; I'm just a happy customer. They have a reasonably-priced multi-machine license. There may be free products with similar functionality.

On my USB stick, I have a TrueCrypt container which occupies most of the space on the stick.

In the unencrypted space, I have a portable installation of TrueCrypt.

USB Safely Remove is configured to run TrueCrypt from the stick, with the encrypted container as the target, when the stick is plugged in.

So, when the stick is inserted, I get prompted by TrueCrypt for the password and then the encrypted container is mounted as a normal Windows drive.

You could avoid using USB Safely Remove and just use a desktop shortcut to manually run TrueCrypt if you don't mind the manual step after insertion.
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by:rocman
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OK, I didn't read the question very thoroughly. Sorry.

But I think that your only solurtion is to store the drive contents encrypted in some way (hardware or software). I don't think you will find something which stops the stick itself being recognised unless the correct password is supplied.
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by:ksol
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Still waiting for a very simple solution that does the job. Anyone else out there?
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by:Paul Sauvé
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I don't think you can find FREE software - the least expensive go for $20 - $40 US...
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