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Why it’s important to password protect USB drives

Why it’s important to password protect USB drives

Our computers know more about us, than we know ourselves. Every icon you click, every website you visit, every item you view online is being recorded into databases. This makes you think: is your personal data that valuable? The short answer is a big yes! Using your personal browsing habits and preferences, marketing companies are able to use this gather data to better market product and services to your liking. Accordingly, as technology further progresses, the value of data is bound to rise. Already, hackers have expressed that they rather steal personal data than a pot of gold. Why is that so? Well, hackers are easily able to get away with stealing sensitive information – without any fear of incardination. It is easier to convict someone who stole a pot of gold than someone who has stolen personal data – there is > 5 percent chance of convicting a data thief.

If you regularly use a smartphone or computer, you know that these devices come with the option for password protection. The option to password protect computers and smartphones is essential if the user wants his or her data to stay private. Often times, we tend to save critically important details on these devices, be it copies of tax returns, social security numbers, credit card and debit card numbers, street address information or other potentially sensitive details. Nonetheless, you expect your information to be secured and safe, given that most PC and smartphones come with the option that enables password protection.

However, when it comes to USB flash drives, many don’t come with the option that enables password protection. For example, most USB flash drives are capable of saving several gigabytes of data, yet they do not come with a default option to password protect these external drives. Therefore, say for example you own a USB flash drive which is capable of saving several gigabytes of data, and you tend to save very sensitive information on it. Perhaps you’ve saved some images or videos you don’t want anybody to see or you have some important work related files that are considered too risky in case they end up leaking on the web or in worst case scenario, in the hands of a hacker.

Nonetheless, with every problem, there is a solution. In this case, it comes in the form of USB Secure. USB Secure allows everyone, looking to safeguard their valuable data on portable drives, to password protect USB drives in a matter of seconds. USB Secure is dynamic solution to all portable data security worries, as it can be installed on virtually any external drive. Be it on thumb drives, external hard drives, compact flash cards or memory sticks, it works on all of them. Secure USB costs only a few dollars, but can end up saving you a thousands of dollars and a lot of grief in the long run. In a nutshell, it more than just pays for itself. It saves you from data leak catastrophes.

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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