One of the hot topics in today’s modern technology world is password protection. Since majority of individuals use the internet every single day for work and personal use, the more reason it is to shed light on the importance of data security. Millions and millions of people have accounts on various websites all throughout the World Wide Web and with that, there are also a growing number of individuals that specialize in cracking website passwords.

Since you have a pretty good idea of how essential it is to lock your USB drive and protect all your data, here are a few other tips that may help you out. These tips could definitely benefit in your own data protection so that you do not have to go through the hassle and frustrations of hackers and damages that could happen to you without the right protection.

Protect USB Data

Have a bitlocker for USB protection.

A bitlocker drive is free to encode external hard drives in most Windows Operating Systems. A bitlocker has the ability to safeguard physical access to the hard drive. To understand it easier, bitlocker basically protections your hard drive if someone else takes it and plugs it in another computer trying to retrieve all the data that is in it. Bitlocker will virtually make the drive unreadable which could be very useful in cases like theft. This utility is capable to adopt to 128 bit and/or 256 bit encryption technology. This in turn means that it is strong enough to safeguard all the data stored in a PC, laptop or USB. Bitlocker is free of charge which is an additional plus for many users.

Now there are a few downsides to bitlocker that you should know about. It is only used to lock the hard drive fully; and the time that is needed for encryption depends on the memory that the hard drive has and it could usually be slow. Another snag with bitlocker is that it is not supported by all Windows operating systems. Windows 7 Pro, Windows Vista Business Edition and Home Editions do not contain bitlocker.

Secure your data with a USB encryption hardware.

There are special USB flash drives that actually have built-in fingerprint processing expertise that you could use. There are a few USB encryption hard drives that gives its owner permission to set different kinds of admin fingerprints as well as other users. Besides the feature of using fingerprint identification, the USB encryption hardware also provides a second coating of protection. A password could be set for the USB.

A pitfall that you may experience with a USB encryption hardware is the price. They may come at a high expense. However, you may think that the price is reasonable and worth it for data security right? The problem comes when you need many of it for USB flash drives.

Protect individual file(s) or folder(s) in USB

You could manually protect each file on your USB. If you have a tendency to let other people use your USB, it is very much okay. What you could do is store some files that you do not want other people to see. In some cases, there are some files that have integral password protection functions which lets you save them with your own set password.

All the guidelines that you have just read about is essential to keep in mind. You always want to make sure that your data is secure and safe from other people’s eyes to view. Spending a little bit more money or doing more research could really pay off big time when it comes to the protection of your personal and work data.

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This article is contributed by Mr. Kevin Shahbazi, co-founded Trust Digital, which became a leader in the password security and encryption market for the mobile enterprise. He is an experienced industry executive with over 27 years of proven leadership in business management and technology. 

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