Secure data on flash drives with encryption
Keeping data secure on a system is one thing but keeping it safe on portable media is another.
Flash drives are inherently small and have the tendency of becoming lost or stolen when we least expect it (just like car keys). Encrypting the data on the drive is crucial when you don’t want anyone accessing your data. There is a host of encryption software on the market that can secure that data just in case the unthinkable happens. Bitlocker, Truecrypt and FreeOTFE (On The Fly Encryption) all allow the user to secure the entire drive or specific volumes of data depending on the requirements.
The only drawback with these is that there can be no data on the drive before the software is installed. These can be configured to make separate volumes look like a single data folder, confusing the intruder. They can also be configured to ‘unlock’ or ‘decode’ when inserted into the desired system platform without the need to enter multiple passwords.
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