Your USB drive is an easy way to move data between computers but flash USB security is something most of us ignore. Often to our peril when the little blighters go missing or, even worse, get stolen.The biggest problem I’ve found with USB drives is actually their biggest benefit: their portability. They’re a bit like car keys in that they’re easy to put down somewhere “safe” and then forget where you’ve put them. But unlike car keys, which you need to find, the thing that makes securing your USB drive difficult for people like me is that there’s always another one I can use. I can look for the missing flash drive later. But, of course, I won’t. I’ll just forget I’ve lost one pen drive, even if it’s got files on it.
Having lost so many flash drives since they became cheap, I now use a simple routine every time I get a new memory stick and make sure that my flash USB security is in place all the time. It doesn’t take long and stops me forgetting to make the drive secure later, when I’ll be in a rush to use it. That way, my pen drive security is a no-brainer.As a matter of course nowadays I install some simple to operate but difficult to crack flash USB security software. http://www.newsoftwares.net/usb-secure/howto/ Sounds simple but it took me far too many lost files to work out. Kind of my own personal Homer “Duh” moment.There’s always a trade off on flash USB security software: the degree of security versus the ease of use for people like me who don’t really want to work at somewhere like the NSA to be able to protect my files.
Since I’ve started using flash USB security, I’ve had my Missing USB sticks found for me and returned. With all the files in tact and with none of them being read. I can’t really say fairer than that. It means I’ve still got the convenience of having all the files I need in my pocket – even in places where the internet connection is awkward to get at – and the peace of mind knowing that if the USB stick gets lost or stolen, the flash USB security software will stop prying eyes from seeing files that need to be kept confidential.
With the flash USB security software, I use a password for my USB drives that’s easy for me to remember but difficult enough for someone else to guess. And, no, I’m not going to tell you that here! Suffice to say, when you do this, just don’t use passwords like “password” or your name or anything easy to guess. But, by the same token, don’t use passwords that would totally mess you up if you forgot them.It’s a trade off but that’s the nature of anything to do with computers. Getting some flash drive security in place is the best first step you can take – you can fine tune it later.