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ideas to password protect usb drive

I lost my usb drive not too long ago with important work and personal stuff. Just got a new one and was looking into how to password protect my new usb drive.

Need help from the computer gurus on here to shed some light on good ways/software/freeware. Heck, even if you're not a guru your idea might help me out. Anybody?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-04-2013, 02:21 PM
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A great webpage to check out your USB password protecting options is here:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-...k-3-easy-ways/

Also I've heard good things about TrueCrypt:

http://www.truecrypt.org/

What TrueCrypt actually does is create a partition on your USB which is password protected. This isn't truly password protecting your USB because if someone finds your USB they can delete the partition and continue to use the USB. In that scenario they have your USB but not the information on it. Unless you buy a USB that comes with password protection software, the partition is your best bet.

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If you're on a os x, create a password encrypted disk image from a folder

http://osxdaily.com/2012/08/12/encry...ders-mac-os-x/

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my last drive get self protected no write or read from it .... just used it like usual and a day become autonom....still hangs on the keys. LOL!

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If you're on a os x, create a password encrypted disk image from a folder

http://osxdaily.com/2012/08/12/encry...ders-mac-os-x/
what is an os x?

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Not knowing the answer to the question, I would say it's safe to assume your are running a Windows.

I actually use TrueCrypt for my Jump drives and actual hard drives on my laptops.

It works pretty well, just don't forget your password...

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what is an os x?
Macintosh OS X....

However, as Dempsey mentioned, you are probably on a Windows system.

I would recommend you use Truecrypt, it works well.

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Macintosh OS X....

However, as Dempsey mentioned, you are probably on a Windows system.

I would recommend you use Truecrypt, it works well.
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Not knowing the answer to the question, I would say it's safe to assume your are running a Windows.

I actually use TrueCrypt for my Jump drives and actual hard drives on my laptops.

It works pretty well, just don't forget your password...
Thanks for the ideas everyone.

I have the windows system. From my brief reading, truecrypt requires that the host machine also have the encryption tool installed. But I frequently use a public machine that does not have permission to install anything. Any other thoughts.

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Zip the file with password?

Since most partition encryption tool do need Administrator permissions, you won't have much option left;
Physically lock your flash drive in a box is another option.

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I wouldn't trust a physical lock.

Try Symantec PGP or any commercial encryption program that can encrypt USB drives.
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anybody have any experience with File Secure Free?

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Not knowing the answer to the question, I would say it's safe to assume your are running a Windows.

I actually use TrueCrypt for my Jump drives and actual hard drives on my laptops.

It works pretty well, just don't forget your password...
Run 4 or more semi random words together.
Or go the 256 bit encrypt.

Nice thing with the 4 words: you can switch the order around when you need to ever change or update.

Say 4 names of the dogs you have owned:

Rover, Muttsy, Buddy and Stinky.

Easy to remember, harder than hades to crack. After maybe a year they might hack it.

256 bit?

10 years or more.

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truecrypt all the way
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truecrypt it is. Thanks for all the good suggestions guys and gals, really appreciate your responses.

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windows allows you to password protect your files already
windows me and xp (or higher) lets you compress and lock folders. though its always a good idea to have backups unless youre under NDA or something (then you should get an ftp or just use a dropbox/home made drop box)

also, what kind of file type are you protecting? That can really change what you do!

But i think you should just upgrade to a dropbox! and partition/lock it like most dropboxes allow! (or google drive it!)
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