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The significance of USB drives in the age of cloud computing

Do you remember your first computer? Well, if you were born in the late 70’s or mid 80’s, you would remember it very well. A large, bulky electronic device that lets you surf the internet, create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations and play videos. If one word could describe it, it would be revolutionary in every sense. Today, there are entire industries that are based on the internet thanks to the computer. Accordingly, with the rise of computers, there was a market created for computer peripherals. Perhaps one of the most popular computers peripheral that took the market by storm has to be the USB storage device.

2488191824_6b4e48b6bc_oUSB drives are considered the best means of transporting data between devices. Despite the popular rise of cloud storage, USB storage devices have still maintained their mass appeal. This is because, the internet is still unreliable or is not available in many parts of the world, or perhaps data packages are more expensive in some developed or developing countries. What’s more, cloud storage has some limitations in the amount of data that could be saved to a cloud account – at most free users can expect a maximum of 15 GB storage allowance. In a nutshell, USB storage devices are simply more reliable and can allow users to save several gigabytes of data onto a single device. Additionally, there are some users who are very critical of cloud storage, especially those living in the developed world where internet is very reliable. This is because these users don’t trust organizations such as Google, Microsoft or other cloud companies looking through their personal information. Thus, these users opt out from using popular cloud services, and in turn prefer to use USB flash drives to carry their information with them.

However, there are also some downsides of using USB based storage devices such as the flash drive, SSD drives etc. That is that most people save a lot personal information on these devices such as photos, videos, resumes, tax returns, copies of bank statements etc. Consequently, loaning such devices or losing them can result in some devastating outcomes. For example, you are taking the train to work and you have your USB flash drive in your pocket. However, due to some unfortunate circumstances, your USB drive slips out of your pocket onto the floor. Thus, there is a 95 percent chance that the person who finds your USB drive will not hold back on going through your personal data. In addition, there is a 35 percent chance that someone with a criminal background will end up finding your USB drive, and use your personal information to commit crimes using your identity. Accordingly, today many USB drive manufactures have integrated their products with security features. However, most of these devices are very expensive and do not fall in the budget range of the average consumer.

Thus, recently there has been demand for third-party software that provides USB Security for various external drives. External drive security software cost the fraction of the price, and the best part is that such software can work on all types of external drives.

Summary:

USB Flash drives are handy and can enable the users to store upwards of 15 gigabytes of data. However, pose a security risk if lost or stolen. Users can counteract this issue by password protecting their devices with USB security software.

About Irfan Ali

Irfan Ali
I am technology enthusiast who loves blogging about smart phones, laptops and everything that goes beep.

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