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Jumpdrive security?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by filthy infidel, May 18, 2010.

  1. filthy infidel

    filthy infidel 100% Infidel

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Carolina
    I just introduced the jumpdrive to a new client and she's concerned about someone finding it, valid point, as this is to store PDFs of financial documents. What jumpdrive freeware do ye recommend, she's not a 'power user' obviously, and thanks!
  2. unit 900

    unit 900

    Sep 3, 2000
    Baltimore, Md

    Coincidentally, I’ve just been playing with this on a spare drive and its pretty easy and foolproof. Small program that loads on your USB drive. Nothing needed on any pc. Drag and drop to encrypt. Should make any files you may have on a USB drive totally incapable of being opened without your password.

  3. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    TrueCrypt is the one that I have used off and on.

    Don't have to do the whole drive if you don't want to, can hide the encryped partition from most prying eyes, and it's a solid performer.

    Price is right as it's Open Source. Corsair uses it on their Flash Voyager's with great success...

    It's my vote so far, but I will be looking into USBSafeguard as well...:cool:
  4. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

  5. kc8ykd


    Oct 6, 2005
    Another big +1 for truecrypt.

    I tend to use the encrypted container, more than the partition route. One caveat being that the container's size can only be set during it's creation, i believe (someone correct me if i'm wrong). so, i am pretty generous when creating the container size-wise.

    For a USB drive, i'd make the container the entire size of the device, minus say, 15 or 20mb for the truecrypt installation software and anything else I don't need encrypted.
  6. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    My company only allows Kingston's DataTraveler Vault privacy drives.

    The whole things is encrypted, and if someone tries 10-times in a row to access it and fails, it erases itself.
  7. mike7465

    mike7465 Smirking

    May 17, 2008
    Iron key is great too.
    Heavy on security but worth it.
  8. Tell her to go to and get an account. She can store, view and send her files from any computer with internet access, her iPhone or blackberry. Much more secure than a USB drive and keeps your data backed up to boot.
  9. My big gripe with truecrypt is two-fold. First it requires admin privs on the local box AND it leaves residue on the machine even when run in "portable mode."

    I'm really looking for an encryption technique that I can run from a thuimb drive that doesn't require elevated privs or leave a trace when I go.

    ETA: Must be open source or freeware.

    Any suggestions?
    Last edited: May 25, 2010
  10. kc8ykd


    Oct 6, 2005
    i didn't realize it required elevated privileges :(

    i'm so used to running all my personal accounts as administrator i never noticed it.

    maybe try this:

    i've never used it, but it looks like it uses ccrypt as it's backend and it's opensource.
    Last edited: May 25, 2010