If you are
looking for a secure alternative to the traditional filing cabinet,
or if you need a convenient, portable means to transport secure
documents, a secure USB drive may be for you!
thumb-sized, a USB drive is an easy way to store everything from your
tax returns to photographs to work-related materials. To access,
remove or rewrite your files, you simply plug the USB device into
your computer. Easy enough, right?
The only catch
with USB drives is the physical security of it. Because of its size,
it can be easily misplaced, and without encryption protection, the
files can be accessed by anyone with a computer. To optimally protect
your USB drives, install encryption software prior to adding any
files, remove the USB from the computer when you are done using it,
then ensure it is kept in a secure location. The encryption software
will prompt you to assign a password to the drive when you download
it, so make sure it’s something easy for you to remember but hard
for anyone else to guess. Going forward, each time you access the
drive you will be required to enter that password.
It is also
recommended that you store your personal files on a separate USB
drive than you may store any files related to your work. In the event
a USB is lost or compromised, having various USB drives can minimize