Tips For Using USB Protection Software

by Rod Dunne on April 22, 2011

in Hardware, Security

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USB protection software from the likes of BitLocker To Go and True Crypt can effectively password protect the contents of your USB drives and are in widespread use. In this article I’ll show you some of the key things to keep in mind when using these products to best protect your critical data.

Before choosing an application you should first establish what method they’re using to protect your files. If they are simply providing password protection that obstructs the user from viewing the USB contents then they may not be encrypting the documents themselves. Encrypting the contents is essential as anybody with low cost data recovery software could simply connect the drive into a computer and scan it for signs of lost/hidden files. As these documents are not encrypted then the could easily be copied and reread.

All USB protection software incorporate their own algorithms for encrypting data on the USB drives. However, the effectiveness of the software can diminish if you use weak passwords. If somebody really wants to get at your data then they can guess or repeatedly attempt your password (there are even software utilities for doing this).

In order to make sure your password is as strong as possible then there are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Do not use a word from the dictionary.
  • Do not use names.
  • Make sure the password is sufficiently long enough (8 to 10 characters is usually enough).
  • Include a range of alphabetic and numeric characters. You could also include non-alpha numeric characters for extra protection.

Using USB protection software is an excellent way of getting value out of your old USB drives will still protecting your valuable information. Do not ruin the value of these products by using weak passwords, or making your password public knowledge.

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