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brokenknee 02-04-2010 06:55 AM

Flash Drive Security
 
Is there a way to password protect files on a flash drive?

I would like to protect the many login and passwords I am required to maintain and still have somewhat easy access to them if I need them.

Caromsoft 02-04-2010 12:41 PM

Try this.

http://www.truecrypt.org

cellophane 02-04-2010 01:35 PM

truecrypt is a good option. there are also programs such as keepass that will track all your passwords for you with one master password. this makes it really easy to use passwords like G%42#as!!904% and actually remember it. also makes your stuff a lot safer ;)

user1007 02-04-2010 05:15 PM

Might want to get one of the secure thumb drives? Some not only password protect but encrypt.

brokenknee 02-04-2010 06:10 PM

I downloaded truecrypt and went through all the steps; when I tried to install a file and it asked for my password it said it was not valid. I know this was not the case.

It also appeared you may have to have the program installed on any computer that you use your drive on. I am not sure about this, but it appeared that way. If this is the case I would not be able to use it since I am not authorized to install any programs on my work computer.

I also looked at keeppass, I downloaded it as a zip file because I only wanted it on my zip drive and not my computer. I then realized I no longer had a program to unzip it. I had trial version that expired. I may have to purchase one, but really do not have much use for it.

Purchasing a secure thumb drive may just be the ticket. How do they compare in price to a regular thumb drive? Do the sell them at places like Office Max, Office Depot and Best Buy?

Caromsoft 02-04-2010 06:15 PM

I run Truecrypt directly from my flash drive with no install needed. I'm not sure why it didn't recognize your password.

brokenknee 02-04-2010 06:25 PM

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I am sure it is something I did or didn't do. There were quit a few steps to follow and I most likely messed one up. I do see were Office Depot sells them with the built in security already. I think I will just purchase one of those.

Anyone know why there would be such a big price difference in the drive for the same amount of memory. One eight gig is thirty, were the one they have at the store is fifty?

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DangerMouse 02-04-2010 07:23 PM

just zip a password.txt file up and password the zip file with something easy for you... like zzzzzz or something.

DM

brokenknee 02-04-2010 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by DangerMouse (Post 394877)
just zip a password.txt file up and password the zip file with something easy for you... like zzzzzz or something.

DM

Wouldn't then I need a program to unzip it with on the computer I wanted to veiw it in?

DangerMouse 02-04-2010 07:55 PM

nope, just the password...

DM

brokenknee 02-04-2010 08:10 PM

Thanks, that is really all I would need. :) I already have a number of flash drives around. I just typed zip into the search bar in windows seven, was looking for my winzip program to purchase.

A file called 7 zip file manager came up. Does anyone have any experience with this program? I only have limited experience unzipping files, was wondering if it is easy to use.


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