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Seeking good USB flash drive that can be password-protected


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#1 spc3rd

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:22 AM

Good morning everyone,

I am looking for some method/program/or whatever...whereby I can password-protect any USB flash drive plugged into my computer. (That is to say...in order to access the USB drive and the data on it, a password must be provided).

I am seeking something which is relatively simple to use and preferably does not cost and arm & a leg to acquire.

Thank you for your time and any suggestions! :busy:

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:42 AM

Start here: http://www.truecrypt.org/

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:21 AM

I appreciate your suggestion, dpunisher.

After reading through the first couple of pages of this Truecrypt program....I am finding it to be far too complex for me to understand. All I really want is a simple way to place a password to protect a USB flash drive.

For example, Outpost Firewall had a File/Folder Locking feature in which a user could list any files, folders, or and entire drive which they wanted to protect via a password. (Unfortunately for some reason...the feature has not been working lately and no one at Agnitum seems to know why...hence, my reason for asking for an alternative here that is as simple as possible to use as what Agnitum has.

Truecrypt, unfortunately, is just too complicated for my simpleton mind to understand.

I appreciate your help just the same.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:42 AM

well, maybe a hardware solution?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007960%20600038377&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=522&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4082247&SID=skim3687X620620Xb4b208a9bea4de14397eaa92f3584da4

or another option. Zip the file you want with password encryption. Try 7zip (it can be had as a portable app, and put on the USB drive with your file). Zip the file with password encryption. You have your file encrypted, and as a bonus, you might save some space on your removable drive.

Edited by dpunisher, 10 April 2012 - 02:43 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:36 AM

Thanks very much for the additional info! Since I'm not knowledgeable about "zipping files"...it might be better for me to look into those USB drives you mentioned on the Newegg site.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:04 AM

I purchased two of these last year for a student. She says they have worked flawlessly.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Padlock 2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 256bit AES Encryption Model CMFPLA8GB
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:51 AM

I appreciate the info, Buddy215!

I checked out the item you mentioned, and decided to go ahead and order it. It should arrive in about a week, so I'll see how well it functions for my needs.

Thanks again.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:20 AM

Two of the informative reviews there....

Pros: I would recommend this flash drive, plain and simple. It's easily encrypted and decrypted. It's cheap when you factor in the capacity and the embedded security features (256-bit AES encryption and a combo lock). And there's no software to install!

Included is a nice-looking lanyard with a spring-loaded clip. The device itself looks great and will probably absorb a great deal of trauma if you're prone to dropping things/crushing things.

It's encrypted by a user-supplied combination 4 - 10 numbers in length, and setting up the PIN is incredibly easy in the instruction manual. Locking and unlocking is also very easy. To unlock, just press the 'key' icon, enter your combo, then press the key icon again and you're ready to plug it into a USB socket. A flashing green light intuitively hints that it's ready to use once you've entered in the right combo. To lock it up again, simply remove it from the USB socket - it's now powered off and locked. Too easy.

Cons: There seems to be no faults here, only positive attributes. Like another reviewer said, the dust cap can slide off but probably only with intentional removal. Still, Corsair could've included some catch device to hold it there firmly. This won't affect my rating, though.

Pros: Very impact resistant. Does what it says on the tin. Easy to enter a password. No issues in operation. Survived a trip through the washer and dryer with no errors.

Cons: Light is blue. Cap is not attached. Slightly slower than non-encrypted flash drives, but this is to be expected and does not hinder the drive.


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

Thanks a heap for the added info! From your description, it certainly sounds like it will be simple enough to use...and that's important (in my case...not being very techie & all). :thumbup2:

I doubt it will get a lot of bumps and drops, as I just plan to leave it plugged into my own computer. (I had transferred all files from my hard drive which had any personably-identifiable info in them to the flash drive).

I felt like it would be better security-wise than leaving them on the HDD.

Edited by spc3rd, 10 April 2012 - 12:10 PM.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:12 PM

Hi again Buddy215!

Just wanted to update here. I just received the Corsair 8 GB USB flash drive I ordered from Newegg (based on your recommendation, BTW), and thus far, have found it to meet my needs perfectly! The instruction manual is very simple & straightforward that even someone with an IQ of 15 could understand! I went ahead and transferred the sensitive files/folders from another unsecured USB drive to this Corsair.

Thanks again for your help! :thumbsup:

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