Discussion in 'Computers' started by ShiftZZ, Apr 29, 2011.
Any suggestions as to how to protect a USB stick?
From misuse or abuse?
Just in case of loss
Do you mean encryption?
Have two - one as backup - we always have a back up hard drive working then periodically do a separate back up onto another HD - Only use USB to move files between computers - Jim was advocating a secure key ring version thats impact / waterproof etc some time ago - alright if you dont loose your keys
Enctryption, sensitive data,,,, its a backup of a database,
Start with an empty Flash Drive. Download and install TrueCrypt from www.truecrypt.org Click 'create volume' to create a standard TrueCrypt volume. Click 'select device' - choose your USB flash drive, click it, then choose OK.
Click 'next' to see the encryption options (algorithms) you can use, click 'next' to accept the volume size, then enter a password. (Make sure its something easy for you to remember, yet
virtually impossible for others to guess!)
Move your mouse over the 'next dialogue' to set a random starting point for the TrueCrypt encryption, then click 'format' to format the flash drive. (If you have any preexisting data on the flash drive copy it to your hard-drive right now).
To access the Flash Drive click 'select device' in TrueCrypt and chose the flash drive. Select 'mount' enter your password and the Flash Drive will now appear in explorer Click 'dismount' to
remove the drive. You have now password protected (and encrypted) your USB Flash Drive to stop others from accessing your sensitive data.
Following on from what Landy Lover says, I would (and do) use a different medium (or media) for backups. I only use USB sticks for transferring files from one machine to another.
If the database includes personal data the same (DPA) security requirements apply to the backup copies as to the original.
I use this, http://www.moonsoftware.com/download.asp It takes a little getting used to but it seems to work, as to back-ups I have 2 external hard drives, one I take with me when traveling and the other sits at home.
If you go down the spare HD's then you will want an auto backup program.
I would have thought LOSS of such a small item was more important to protect against.
Thoroughly agree, has to be the best around and it's free. :thumb:
Truecrypt is the solution you seek
But not only for your USB drive, but you data drive on the computer as well.
I use true crypt to encrypt my spare hard drive and back up my main pc with but the only problem I have and hope someone on this thread can help me with.
When I mount the drive and need to do a back up, the windows back up doesnt recognise the hard drive I have encrypted even though windows has and it shows up on the list of drives in "my computer"
Windoze backup won't recognise it because it's a Truecrypt backup, which is what you will need, to do incremental backups.
But someone may tell me I'm wrong.............
Windows backup doesn't seem to recognise truecrypt volumes as Wivvy's dad says. The alternative is to use something like Comodo backup http://backup.comodo.com/ or use a different encryption software.
I use Luckybackup but then I'm running Linux so it's irrelevant.
Do you mean as a destination drive for the backup?
If so, make a Windows share on this drive and then select network destination. Go to the PC in the list and you should see the share you created as an option to back it up to.
i bought a maxtor black armour usb hard drive.
its a hardware encrypted hard drive quite secure.
though it was quite expensive
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