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#1 darkslategrey

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:21 PM

I have a flash drive I carry to and from my school. I'm a bit worried that should I lose this drive or have it stolen, people could access schoolwork I keep on the drive and steal it. What I'm trying to find is a self-contained solution for encrypting the drive; I could plug the drive in and use software contained on the device to decrypt and use data on the device. I'd need to be able to run the software without administrator privileges and on OSX and Windows machines. I understand that there might not be a solution to what I'm looking for. (Basically, something like Challenger Encryption but with OSX support)

I've tried Truecrypt, but you can't run it without admin privileges.

Also, yes, I do know about the IronKey and no, I don't want to buy one.

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#2 1002 Richard S

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 11:38 PM

Hi,
Have you asked your school IT Admin for their advice? I'm sure there are other students/teachers/staff with the same reasonable request & there might already be a system in place?

Just a thought.

#3 darkslategrey

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:50 AM

I haven't asked the IT admin, but I'm decently sure that there's no system in place at our school for this. These are the same people who decided it would be a good idea to set everyone's password as their birthday and then put everyone's birthday on the homeroom list, which was publicly posted.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 12:30 AM

I see what you mean!! Not a hopeful prospect.
I use a lot of free & legal portable freeware from Portable Freeware. This link will take you to their portable encryption apps. Some appear to need admin rights, others don't ... so I hope there's something here for you:

http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?...pt&m=Search

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 03:19 PM

Unfortunately none of the programs listed run on OSX.




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