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How to use your USB stick responsibly

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Take that USB stick and shove it in your computer – it is that simple to transfer data from one PC to another. USB sticks, also known as USB flash drives, thumb drives and jump drives are nifty little gadgets that are big on performance and small in size, it’s hard to imagine something that can fit into your coin pocket has the capacity to save several gigabytes of data. Consequently, these little gadgets have become a hot commodity and are one of the bestselling computer peripherals in the market. Although there are lot of practical applications for USB drives, here are some of the popular ones:

Data portability:

USB sticks are all about plug and play, there’s no special software required to transfer data from one computer to another, be it transferring data from windows to Mac or vice versa. Other benefits – which you may not be aware of has to do with running portable programs. Say for example you want to run a large software at your friend’s house, you can do so by installing that software on your USB and run it without having to go through the installation process. A USB stick, in essence can be used as a portable operating system, all that is needed is for a PC to run it. Some USB sticks are ready boost compatible, this means that you can use your USB stick to get the extra RAM for heavy multitasking or if your PC lacks adequate RAM.

Emergency Contact:

Due to their small size, many people wear them on their necks or attach them to their key chains. Doing so, allows the user to store critical information about themselves, especially if they have some medical condition that puts them at risk. For example, someone with epilepsy would benefit by having a USB stick hanging on their necks because such people can randomly start having seizure. Having important medical information may allow someone to plug in that USB either on a smartphone or a PC and take evasive procedures by informing loved ones about the patient – after calling 911 of course.

Transporting Sensitive data:

When transferring sensitive information, USB sticks are the most popular means, saving extremely sensitive information on the cloud is risky and isn’t considered best practice. Consequently, the most covert files have to be transported through the most secure means, and this involves the use of USB sticks. However, given that USB sticks are small in size and are prone to loss and theft. As a result, there’s a significant risk involved in transporting data on USB flash drives. Nonetheless, this is a small issue that is easy to overcome, as the USB device can be locked with a USB locking software. Perhaps one of the most trusted and popular locking software is known as USB Secure which is also consider a Lock USB. Lock USB is in a class of its own, using a proprietary data locking mechanism that is integrated with anti-hacking software and prevents access under any extreme circumstances. In all, Lock USB allows the user to password protect any external storage device in a matter of few seconds.

About Mohammad Irfan Ali

Mohammad Irfan Ali
Mohammad Irfan is the Lead Content Strategist at NewSoftwares. His main interest is in web related threats, phishing scams and social networking hoaxes. He is the admin of Talk Security and regulates the publication of all blogposts.

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