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The good, bad and ugly of USB flash drives

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USB flash drives are small devices that allow you to store several gigabytes of data into a small device. Many people find these devices as an invaluable tool for work, study and play. However, USB drives are not perfect, and this just what this article will discuss:

The Good:

Let’s face it, in the past, if you wanted to make your data portable, you would have to burn it onto a CD. However, there isn’t a guarantee that you would be able to access that data immediately, that’s because it was contingent on whether the guest PC has a CD/DVD reader. From any angle, USB drives are superior especially if you have a software that Lock USB drives, they don’t require a separate drive, they can be plugged into any USB port, and the user is able to save several gigabytes of data onto one device, there’s no need to install special software on the PC – USB drives can be automatically detected by most popular operating systems on PCs. Plus, they are less fragile, they don’t scratch or break easily unlike CDs and DVDs.

The bad:

It’s hard to believe that such devices can have faults, if any at all. Nonetheless, its greatest strength is also its primary weakness. Due to its small size, these devices are prone to being lost or stolen. Consequently, if they are lost, they can be hard to find, and if they are stolen, chances are the user may never be able to get back their devices. Given that some USB devices can cost upward of $100 dollars; it may be considered a significant loss of hardware value.

The Ugly:

Now let’s discuss the ugly side of using USB drives, and that involves the risk of data theft and leaks. Say for example the user has saved sensitive work or personal details on their devices, if that USB device ends up being stolen or is lost, it can potentially end up in the wrong hands. There’s a strong chance the information contained in the device will end up being accessed by whoever finds it, and if that person has even a hint of criminal intent inside of them, they will use that sensitive data to conduct fraud or sell that information. For example, company marketing secrets, recipe for a famous red snapper dish, schematics on a new car design that can improve fuel efficiency, or marketing strategies to effectively promote a particular product – all such information can then be made available for sale on the Dark net. Often, it doesn’t take long to sell such information that can be sold in the thousands of dollars without any criminal repercussion.

So, the question arises, how can one keep their data safe on USB drives all the while enjoying the benefits of such devices. The answer may be pleasantly surprising and logical at the same time, basically one can simply install a USB locking software on their device. There are plenty of USB locking software on the market, but most of them don’t offer any real protection in critical situations. However, recently, a software known as Lock USB was launched with some promising results. According to IT experts, it’s the only software on the market that offer cross-platform security and is integrated with anti-hacking algorithm.

Locking USB devices is simple, all the user has to do is plug in their device into the USB port, purchase and download Lock USB, and install it directly into any external drive, it works on thumb drives, flash drives, external hard drives, compact flash cards and even memory sticks.

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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