[How To] Password Protect USB Flash Drives – Lock USB Flash Drives

Password Protect USB

We live in a world where we carry our personal world and information in our pockets confined into a small container or a small object known as USB Flash Drives or can say in other words a pen-drive, flash drives and portable HDDs. The dimension of portability got an all new magnanimous meaning in a short name i.e. USB Flash Drives. We all know that with such provisions carrying of data became easy but simultaneously there is also an increase in risk observed. So in this article I present the information through which you can make your data get carried away in a more secure manner.

There are many advantages for the same which you must not oversee:

  • It will help you prevent from getting your data stolen and prevents data loss.
  • A control on over who is using your device.
  • The transparency increases which makes you know who is accessing the things.
  • Gets your data encrypted easily making them more secured.
  • Provides an eye to look of what data are getting transferred.
  • The amount of data getting transferred can be controlled.

Well there are many more coming up for you. Keep reading. 🙂

Top 5 Free Software to Protect Your USB Flash Drives

(1) Encrypt Stick

Encrypt Stick runs on any USB flash drive including older USB 1.0, current USB 2.0 standard, and even upcoming USB 3.0. Performance may vary according to the read and write speed of the flash drive. Encrypt Stick Installs in seconds, and turns your flash drive into your own Digital Privacy Manager (DPM). Take your DPM with you and use it on any PC or Mac anywhere in the world.

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(2) TrueCrypt

  • Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
  • Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
  • Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).
  • Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.
  • Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted.
  • Encryption can be hardware-accelerated on modern processors.
  • Provides plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:
  • Hidden volume (steganography) and hidden operating system.

(3) Rohos Mini Drive

Rohos Mini Drive protect USB flash drive with a password by making hidden and encrypted partition on the USB flash drive memory. If you have many private files on the USB drive and want to keep them in secret, you can protect them by a password and strong encryption with Rohos Mini Drive. Also it offers a portable encryption tool to work with encrypted partition on any PC.

Rohos Mini Drive

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(4) USB Secure

Power Protection for your USB and External Drives!A protection application for all types of portable media including USB flash drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, external drives, and memory cards. Data protection is PC independent and does not require installation and any administrator rights at the other end.With USB Secure, you will never have to worry again about lost or stolen USB/External drives.USB Secure offers multiple protection layers ensuring maximum security of your password-protected data on any portable medium. USB Secure secures your sensitive data against theft, accidental loss, and data leak.USB Secure does not install any kernel or filter drives, taking away the hassle of requiring administrator rights to password protect portable devices.Protecting your sensitive data with USB Secure is a one-click process, requiring no lengthy installations. Access to your protected data on a portable drive is convenient too. You can choose to open and browse your data sets or simply explore as read-only.

 

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(5) USB Flash Security

USB Flash Security is a application that can provide your USB flash Drives with security and by encrypting them.  The user interface of this software includes a conventional window in which you can choose an available USB flash drive and Hit the “Install” button. Then, you can add a security password and additionally a sign. also, you can allow the system to secure [AES256] the “Protected area”. and Remember, when you set up it on your USB Flash Drives, Data and all information will be removed but Don’t worry you are warned by the software), so you have to back-up your data and all information. It provides a easy and efficient Solution when it comes to password-protecting to your USB flash drives.

USB_Flash_Security

 Download USB Flash Security

So, I just want to append my conclusion here that try out these options and you’ll get better results. I would be glad to get your opinions or options for the same.




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  1. Mosam Gor

    Hello Akash,

    Thanks for the feedback and yes great to know about your developed software Conjurers Encrypter 4. i will surely use this Software and review your software 🙂

    Stay updated and Stay Coming 😉 🙂

    -Mosam

  2. Sriram

    Hi Mosam,
    Thanks for this useful information.

    I was searched for these kind of software long back ago and I couldn’t find one. Finally I end up in using bitlocker.

    BTW, what’s the difference between BitLocker and these software?

    • Mosam Gor

      Hi Sriram,

      Thank you for Commenting by and sharing your thoughts.

      BitLocker is a good choice but all this free software is easy to use and not time consuming process but when we setup BitLocker for our drives it take too much time for setup. So Finally, this all Software provides a simple,effective and convenient solution when it comes to password-protecting your USB flash drives. We highly recommend it to all our readers and users.

      -Mosam

  3. Ganesh Narayan Gupta

    Hello Mausam,

    Indeed a useful article. All of us are using USB drives nowadays either to store the data or for transferring the data. Being useful, it has privacy issues altogether and I would thank you for this article as you have shared really appreciable tools for encrypting and protecting the USB drive. I had heard about TrueCrypt and USB Secure earlier but came to know about the other 3 now. Thanks for sharing this informative tool. Will try all of them 😀

  4. marilyn cada

    hi mosam. i am also a user of flash drive since it allows us mobility. if something goes wrong with our internet connection, then i will use my flash drive to copy file and go to cyber cafe, to continue writing. encyrption protects our files from being copied by opportunistic people

  5. Niraj Bhusal

    Hello Mosam
    Really these days we carry USB drives along with our important documents on it. If we loose that then it will be a serious problem for us. You have written a great post here that is related to password protect USB drives. All of the software above are freeware and hope they will work for me.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Shony Cyriac

    Nice one, it really would help anyone who needs to protect their private data. And i really tried some other ways but all of them were little complicated, but these are easy to do. Anyway thanks for this article 🙂

  7. herbalife

    Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended
    up losing months of hard work due to no backup.
    Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

  8. Rahul

    Nice list of USB protection softwares. I was looking for these kind of softwares from a couple of days for my external hard drive.
    Thanks for sharing.


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