Secure Storage at Your Fingertips
If you are looking for a secure alternative to the traditional filing cabinet, or if you need a convenient, portable means to transport secure documents, a secure USB drive may be for you!
Roughly thumb-sized, a USB drive is an easy way to store everything from your tax returns to photographs to work-related materials. To access, remove or rewrite your files, you simply plug the USB device into your computer. Easy enough, right? The only catch with USB drives is the physical security of it. Because of its size, it can be easily misplaced, and without encryption protection, the files can be accessed by anyone with a computer.
To optimally protect your USB drives:
- Install encryption software (like http://www.usbcrypt.com/) prior to adding any files. Once installed, you will be prompted to select a password. Make sure it’s something easy for you to remember (but hard for anyone else to guess) because each time you access the drive you will be required to enter that password.
- Remove the USB from your computer after each use.
- Ensure the USB is kept in a secure location.
It is also recommended that you store your personal files on a separate secure USB drive than you may store any files related to your work. In the event a USB is lost or compromised, having various USB drives can minimize any fallout.