Friday, July 22, 2016

Password Protected Thumb Drives

Following up on a conversation we had at our last meeting about the security of information you store and carry around with you on thumb drives, I recently found an affordable option at Best Buy.

This little guy comes in 32 and 64 GB options ($9.99 and $14.99 respectively).  According to the description on the Best Buy website:

"Store and transport your files securely with this SanDisk Ultra 32GB flash drive, which features password protection and file encryption with the included SecureAccess software. The drive is backward compatible with USB 2.0 for flexibility."

"Backward compatible" means it will work on a 2.0 or 3.0 USB drive - which means most of you should not have a problem with using this on your desktops or laptops.

I have not purchased one of these and cannot speak to how well the security option works - but if any of you are looking for a thumb drive that you can encrypt - this may be a good option.  If any of you decide to give it a try, I hope you will share your experience with the rest of us.

Remember - it is never a good idea to store sensitive personal or financial information on a thumb drive. If you find it necessary to do that, check out options for password protecting an individual file you are storing on a thumb drive. That may be your easiest and least expensive option.

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