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Lock and Encrypt Files on USB Drives

USB Safe lets you lock and encrypt files on a USB drive, guaranteeing security even if you plug the drive into different computers and operating systems.

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What are people saying about USB Safe

Petr Do you have a comparision of USB Locker to USB Safe? I am confused about which program might be best for me?
Nov 29 2012 at 10:10pm Copy Link
Bradley Neeson USB safe is a corporate edition for Lock and Encrypt USB and portable drives.
USB Locker is for home users.
Softwares Orbit - Dec 11 2012 at 10:33am Copy Link
Joe Version 1.1.5 hangs during processing of "Protect Selected" and "Protect Drive". The dialog box shows movement but the progress bar stopped at 59% and 5% respectively. It was given hours to complete the task to no avail. I was also not able to "unprotect" either "drive" or "selected" and have the previously protected items move from the protected window of the dialog box to the unprotected window. An uninstallation process that restores the drive to its "pre-USB Safe" condition was no where to be found and my manual uninstallation process was complicated. The owner details dialog box is also not correct in that it does not correctly label the field for telephone number. You will have to open the file intended for the person who finds your drove would see and identify the order of the fields, then take that knowledge back to the dialog and enter your phone number in a poorly labeled field there to make the changes.
I really liked the simplicity of the user interface and the color scheme, but that was not enough for me to consider keeping or licensing this product. I hope your experience it better than mine.
Feb 3 2013 at 6:52am Copy Link
Steven SoftwaresOrbit @ Joe : use the latest version , download again the 1.1.5 and use it.
Feb 4 2013 at 1:31am Copy Link
Fadi Farid What are the differences between USB locker and USB safe?
Feb 4 2013 at 9:38pm Copy Link
Michael R. I have one scenario in mind:

I use my USB-Stick on another computer, where USBSafe is not available. How can I access to USBSafe on the USB-Stick? Or in other words: Is it possible to have some files on an USB-Stick, which are unencrypted, like USBSafe.exe (or perhaps a text-file which contains the owners-address, so I can get it back from an honest finder if I lost it)?
Feb 5 2013 at 9:54pm Copy Link
Steven Compton @Michael R.: I used the USB SAFE , it gives the option to protect the whole drive or only few items(files/folders) , USB SAFE install in a usb/portable drive so that application can be run from another computer (windows base) or from any where.

USB SAFE is install in USB-Stick, If protected usb stick have no USB SAFE application in it you can download it again and after correct password you can access your data.

There is option to protect and unprotect the single file or selected items files/folders.

because of this selection item feature I suggest the USB Safe.
Feb 6 2013 at 1:04am Copy Link
ahsan tatra @FADI FARID: What I found after trying both softwares i.e. USB Locker and USB SAFE , that both softwares work on USB / Potable /Pen/Flush Drives but the method of protection is different.

What I believe is USB SAFE gives more control over data to selection or decide to protect , unlock selection...etc.

I recommend you the USB SAFE , as both softwares are simple but USB Safe and more features.

Check and try:
Feb 6 2013 at 1:05am Copy Link
Fadi Farid Thank Ahsan Tatra, I've already followed your advice and purchased the USB SAFE.
Feb 6 2013 at 4:42am Copy Link
PHILIMON ASIMOS Does this Software protect USB sticks from any FORMAT proceeding?
Feb 6 2013 at 4:43am Copy Link
Steven Compton @PHILIMON ASIMOS: Yes Off course USB SAFE Protect and support all Kind of USB Sticks / Pen / Flashes and File System.

If you have any doubt , try it on your own USB , USB SAFE give you Free trial to use it. Download Free trial.
Feb 6 2013 at 5:36am Copy Link
RCG Can we use it on as many different usb sticks as we like? I've got quite a few that would benefit from being password protected.
Feb 6 2013 at 6:25am Copy Link
Lupke Brother Hi,

I cannot buy this. After my Paypal confirmation I enter my VAT number. After that I'm redirected to the name, address, email form. The last step, the buying confirmation page is not working.

Yes, deleted browser cache et cetera et cetera. No cookie killer et cetera et cetera.

Just not working.
Feb 6 2013 at 9:29am Copy Link
Steven Compton @RCG: The web site mention that

"A single-user license allows the program to be run on ONE USB drive only."

But I used in two drive without any issue :)

Check FAQs on Vender Website:
Feb 6 2013 at 9:53am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson Thanks @steven Compton and @Tatra for supporting us.
Softwares Orbit - Feb 6 2013 at 9:59am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson Thanks @steve and @ Tatra for your genuine support
Softwares Orbit - Feb 6 2013 at 10:02am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @RCG : A single-user license allows the program to be run on ONE USB drive only. The Serial key is valid for only one USB pen drive. Each license includes the right to receive any future updates of the software with no time restriction.
Softwares Orbit - Feb 6 2013 at 10:03am Copy Link
RCG Presumably I can transfer the program from one pen drive to another. Also, I purchased this program and tried protecting my drive but it appears to have hung at 68%. Not moved for about 30 mins now. Sounds like the same problem Joe mentioned above.
Feb 6 2013 at 10:12am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @Lupke Brother

Our support team has emailed you. Please check that out. It has some clear instructions.

Softwares Orbit - Feb 6 2013 at 10:13am Copy Link
John Maxwell Can anyone tell me whats better for me ? USB Safe or USB Lock.

I want to lock my USD Drive so that nobody can open it

It seems USB Locker is better choice.

Please suggest!
Feb 6 2013 at 11:08am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @john maxwell

You should go for USB Safe as you will get the locking capability with encryption as well. Also its in discount price for today only. So you can get it just half price.

Go for USB Safe.
Softwares Orbit - Feb 6 2013 at 12:13pm Copy Link
Shanon Murphy Just got USB Safe. Thank GOD it just saved my USB Drive. I love the quick locking of my huge data.

GOD Bless you.
Feb 6 2013 at 12:26pm Copy Link
Srikanth Mendis Thanks Bradley.
I was also confuse like John Maxwell. But thanks for your advice and I bought USB Safe just now and its working just perfectly right now. quick and fast. I am sure the password protection is unrbreakable as well.
Feb 6 2013 at 12:27pm Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @Shanon and @Mendis

Thanks for your comment.
Softwares Orbit - Feb 6 2013 at 12:32pm Copy Link
Rohn Davidson Great Application. Just came here to see that its in discount price. I recently purchased it in winter discount offer. Its been currently encrypting my files. But I must admit its really a fast ass application to encrypt any form of data. Simply Recomended.
I am a bit jealous to ;) as I have purchased it in $20 :(
Feb 6 2013 at 1:35pm Copy Link
Lupke Brother @ Bradley,

Thank you for the reply. I did exactly what you told me to do. I am still being redirected to the page where I have to enter my name, email et cetera. Keeps going in circles.

Other suggestions?
Feb 6 2013 at 1:35pm Copy Link
Chaz Stipkovic instructions say put on usb drive and run. All it does if you do that is continually loop to install it. I ran from desktop and seemed to work. However, it didnt encrypt anything after I ran the "protct drive". It actually moved all my files to a no existant Z drive.

Wish ot worked logically and Id have purchased for sure.
Feb 6 2013 at 5:33pm Copy Link
Stefan Hauber In the fine-print it says

Each license allows installation on a single computer and a laptop, but USB Safe may not be used at exactly the same time on each of them.

That sounded to me, that I can use it on all my personal USB-Sticks.

But above you say
The Serial key is valid for only one USB pen drive

That sounds COMPLETELY different.

If my USB-Stick gets lost or gets defect, my license is gone too?

Is it possible to remove the license from one USB-Stick (uninstall the program) and put in on another? How easy can this be done?

So why not allow the usage of all USB-Sticks, but only one at a certain time?
Feb 6 2013 at 8:15pm Copy Link
H. H. @Chaz Stipkovi
you wrote, that the program moved all your files to a no existant "z"-drive - does it mean, that you lost all your data - or does it mean, that the software simply didn´t encrypt your files?
Die thte authoru give an explanation to you=
Feb 7 2013 at 12:05am Copy Link
Sam wahlberg @Stefan:

Yes it is possible to transfer your license into different USB drive. I had the same issue in past. Just email the details to its support department and they will transfer your license within 24 hours. Like they did it for me.
Feb 7 2013 at 12:05am Copy Link
Mr Macro Hi Bradley, not sure if you are still monitoring this area. but I purchased your product during the last bitsdujour promotion and never received a serial key via email.

Can I ask that you send me the activation key... I have used your contact us form on your website (more than once) but have yet to receive a reply. If you can provide me with your email address I will send you confirmation of purchase, etc.
Feb 26 2013 at 10:57am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @ Mr Macro : @Bob Ghai
We apologize for inconvenient; we express regret to you that you face difficulties and delays.

Respected Sir , We continuously try to send you the email (serial and registration key ) at your email address i.e ( but failed ((reason: 550 5.7.1 Message rejected due to content restrictions))
please give us the new email address so that we can send you the email easily.
Softwares Orbit - Feb 26 2013 at 1:24pm Copy Link
Pauleduc I have already written directly to you several times regarding this product. I bought it on Feb 7, and have not been able to get it working yet.

After installing on my thumbdrive, entering my serial and registration keys, and applying a password to protect my thumbdrive, I find there is NO protection at all!

I tried protecting the entire thumbdrive as well as individual files, yet nothing prevents me from viewing the files and their content when I insert the drive into any computer.

Please advise how this product is supposed to be used to protect my USB Thumbdrives
Mar 4 2013 at 11:18am Copy Link
Mr Macro Hi Bradley,

Sorry it has taken me a few months to check this area. I have emailed you an alternate email address to send my registration information to.

Apr 22 2013 at 1:22pm Copy Link
Bjondc I am confused!
Is this for use only on a USB removable drive -- but only *1* per license?

Or is it for use on a desktop &/or laptop to encrypt multiple thumbdrives?

I tried to install the trial version but it only offers to install on portable device.
Jun 2 2013 at 9:36am Copy Link
DrTeeth How will this help of one leaves a USB stick in a public computer? Does it automatically lock a USB drive after a given period?
Jun 2 2013 at 9:41am Copy Link
Michael R. Can I remove the stick without taking care of explicitely to encrypt the files, because they are always written to the stick?

Can I define different behaviour for different computers? E.g. on an unknown computer lock the stick after a definable period (see DrTeeth's question), for some defined computers keep it unlocked after entering a keyword at startup, for some other defined computers use the password on these computers, i.e. no entering necessary?

And as asked before: Can I use a single license for usb-sticks/sd-cards ...?
What does that mean: 'allows installation on a single computer and a laptop'? If i am using it on two of my computers (which would be sufficent for my equipment), can't i read/write to the created usb-sticks on another place, like a public's or a friend's computer? And if I am allowed to use these externally, does this change anything on this external computer?
Jun 3 2013 at 12:45am Copy Link
Chris Wilson Wasted too much time on this today.

For those that may be interested:

- It does not work cross-platform - you cannot get to your files on a Mac or anything but Win. Agreed files can't be seen on Mac but that's all in the way of cross-platform compatibility.

- It's not working for me on Win7 (64) - it installed fine and says it's doing things but just doesn't actually protect files on the drive in any way. Put same stick into a Win8 computer and it did work but I thought it had frozen because it takes an age to archive things up. That was just a few hundred MB, would hate to think how long it would take for my 8 or 16Gb drives full of data.

- Very confusing methodology for the whole process, no adequate manual, just a few "How to's" on the web seem repetitive and don't explain the options and what to actually do and expect. The controlling interface is space restricted with limited view of files on the drive meaning lots of scrolling to see what's what. Unclear distinction between protected files or whole drive. Initial view shows unprotected items underneath with no obvious way of knowing what should happen when items are protected in the above view (especially when not working in Win7)

- Mysterious options specified under the Settings tab with no mention of their function that I can find. (Enable Encryption, Master Key Enable, Hack Attempt Monitoring)

- To get at your protected files you have to start the program on the drive, mount the hidden/protected files/folders as a virtual drive it seems, using up another drive letter (on top of the one for the USB stick itself). The interface show all the drive letters for me to choose from for the virtual drive but doesn't seem to account for drive letters already in use by the system and it seems I could have tried to mount the virtual drive using the same letters as an existing drive! - Also not explained anywhere that I could find!

Equally, when using a secondary letter for the USB drive, it's confusing what to do when trying to eject the drive, i.e. which letter to eject first. Tried ejecting both in Win8 and it complained, then it finally ejected on one of them but has left the virtual drive letter mounted but inaccessible. Was I supposed to go into the interface yet again to unmount?

- The trial is only for 5 uses which was not enough for basic testing. Their website says the trial is 7 days but this is apparently wrong. I had to reformat the drive and reinstall onto the drive in order to continue even basic testing.

- installing and use puts a htmllayout.dll file on the drive and a mystical hidden .printer.msi file on the drive which is full of references to the printers on my system. This seems to be some sort of protection system. I didn't know what it was at first and tried to delete it and ended up screwing things up.

Altogether a very confusing product that is not working for me in Win7 and in general would be a complete pain to use. The licensing of one drive only is also a severe limitation. The sort of people who are likely to use this sort of product are also likely to have many USB sticks/drives and the cost of licenses would be prohibitive even at this discount price. Also, not being able to access data on anything other than Win computers is also a severe limitation for me.
Jun 3 2013 at 3:10am Copy Link
Raimondas Antanavicius Pretty messed up software, no thanks :)
Jun 3 2013 at 3:57am Copy Link
Silver0066 The software won't even install on my USB drive. It says it installs, but when I run it, it just keeps installing and never runs.

No thanks. I see that the last update was in the Fall of 2012. Still full of bugs?
Jun 3 2013 at 5:21am Copy Link
Asif Raza Awesome software, this is what I was require. now my is protected, I like this software
Jun 3 2013 at 8:36am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @Silver0066 No. Its not with bugs. You may check your usb drive. Try formatting the USB drive then install the USB Safe. It might be corrupted.
Softwares Orbit - Jun 3 2013 at 8:42am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @Bjondc Its for USB Drives only. You can install it in one portable drive at a time. Try to think if we allow multiple licensing system then people can miss use it. By installing it in so many drives after just purchasing one.
Softwares Orbit - Jun 3 2013 at 8:45am Copy Link
MAK 698 One of my close friends told me about USB Safe while I was searching desperately for software to lock and encrypt my USD drives and memory cards. And I'm glad I looked into it. USB Safe works great for external storage media protection. Simply the best password protection program I have ever used to lock my external drives.
Jun 3 2013 at 9:07am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson Thanks Mak !
Softwares Orbit - Jun 3 2013 at 9:25am Copy Link
SFuji Is the USB Safe installed on the computer?
I have a USB stick I want to encyrpt and use it at home and on a few work computers. I do not have admin rights on my work computer and I do not want to install any software on work computer (actually, I cannot install software on my work computers). Will USB Safe work as a standalone and would I be able to take encrypted information back and forth from home to work?
Jun 3 2013 at 10:04am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson Yes You get it right. It will install in the USB Drive and you will be able to encrypt all the data in the USB drive. It work as a standalone device.
Try it.
Softwares Orbit - Jun 3 2013 at 10:12am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson Yes It will be install in USB Drive. Data protection with USB Safe is PC independent, you do not have to install USB Safe at the other end. Also you can easily take the encrypted information back and forth from home to work.
Softwares Orbit - Jun 3 2013 at 10:16am Copy Link
SFuji "Each license allows installation on a single computer and a laptop, but USB Safe may not be used at exactly the same time on each of them."

If USB Safe is PC independent, what does the above statement mean?
Jun 3 2013 at 10:32am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson Yes It is pc independent. You have to install in on the portable drives or USB etc.
There is some mistake in the content.
Softwares Orbit - Jun 3 2013 at 10:38am Copy Link
SFuji "USB Safe is licensed per user, so if more people are going to use USB Safe you will need to purchase additional copies."

I have more than 1 USB stick. This sounds like I only need 1 license for all my USB sticks. Is this correct?
Jun 3 2013 at 11:19am Copy Link
Bjondc From the discussion, it sounds like it can only be used on *one* stick by *one* user. Doesn't seem worth the BdJ price, let alone the "regular" price. Most people have more than one stick, many may want to give or lend a file/stick to an associate, others may have a desktop + laptop setup, etc.
Jun 3 2013 at 11:39am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @stanley
No. You have to buy it for every single usb stick. But if you want a discount or some special package. Then just simply email to
Softwares Orbit - Jun 3 2013 at 11:56am Copy Link
Robert Rodenberg It totally sucks. I want my $$$ back!
Jun 3 2013 at 2:02pm Copy Link
Steven Compton I love USB Safe because it is an uncomplicated piece of work. Unlike similar applications, USB Safe allows me to protect my USB drive in the easiest of possible ways with single-click operation. I just wanted this type of software and I am really very impressed with amazingly quick locking and the lightness of this Software. Go for it. I am sure you will thumbs up my post ;)
Jun 3 2013 at 2:42pm Copy Link
Chris Wilson Couldn't disagree more with the above comment, how can it be an "uncomplicated piece of work.....protecting in the easiest of possible ways with single-click operation". ? There's uncomplicated or nothing single click about using this other than single clicking all the things you have to do to get it to do anything. I found nothing "thumbs up" about this software at all, see my notes above.
Jun 3 2013 at 11:56pm Copy Link
Marco Pivetta You wrote: "You have to buy it for every single usb stick."
what a pity!
Jun 4 2013 at 5:13am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @chris

Thanks alot for help
Softwares Orbit - Jun 4 2013 at 10:37am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @ Marco Pivetta

Yeah Its for single USB Stick. Think on it. If we allow it on multiple USB sticks then people will be able to copy it onto many drives weather they are the owner of the usb or not.
Softwares Orbit - Jun 4 2013 at 10:42am Copy Link
Bradley Neeson @Robert Rodenberg
Can you please tell me what happen ?
Softwares Orbit - Jun 4 2013 at 10:43am Copy Link
Chris Wilson @bradley - I think you misread my comments.

Also, I've thought on it! The price of the software, even at the special price is more than some USB sticks are worth these days. At the full price I'd expect something like 10 sticks being allowed under some sort of internet activation process. $30 per stick is too much assuming the software and method of use was any good in the first place. i.e. it's not simple to use, isn't one-click and not cross-platform.
Jun 4 2013 at 11:02am Copy Link
Bjondc @Chris - I agree with you, even at the "special price" it's too much just for one stick. This has, however, prompted me to look into other, more manageable (easier, cheaper, more generous & realistic licensing, whatever) ideas for protecting carry-around data-stores (like sticks & memory cards).
Jun 4 2013 at 12:21pm Copy Link
Chris Wilson @Bjondc: Yes but what? I'd pay handsomely for the right solution (for unlimited use and for eternal use). Closest I've found for cross-platform is TrueCrypt which incidentally is free but one little issue is it requires admin privileges on another machine if I happen to be visiting someone who doesn't have those rights and maybe even then there are some security issues, same for any solution apparently, see:

Only other way it seems is to buy special USB sticks that have hardware encryption/locking built in but not sure of cross-platform support and expense probably an issue.
Jun 4 2013 at 1:49pm Copy Link
samson peter Perfect and Simple one click protection from this software. I am very thankful to the support team as well. Who guided me alot. Keep it up USB Safe Team!!!
Jun 4 2013 at 2:30pm Copy Link
Chris Wilson Can someone tell me how this is one-click protection? For a start, even after it's installed on the drive you have to at least double-click the program icon on the USB drive itself to even start things off. Then enter your password which doesn't accept via the return key so you have to do another click on the okay button, then you have to click your way through your files in the small window if selectively protecting or click on the protect drive, or activate the virtual drive, then click again to close the program. Then keep repeating the whole process, I assume, to change things, unmount or whatever, each time you want to do anything with the drive. How is that one-click protection?
Jun 4 2013 at 2:52pm Copy Link
Bjondc @Chris -- well, I didn't say I'd *found* a better way, just that I've been made to think about it. Perhaps this discussion will spur on some lurking competitor. After all, there is a need and we've presented plenty of suggestions one way or another. Maybe even a TrueCrypt spinoff or something. Yeah, I'd pay/donate a modest amount for it, I'm not asking for "free". (my need is not that great WRT carrying sensitive data around)
Jun 4 2013 at 3:00pm Copy Link
Chris Wilson @Bjondc: Same here, no great need or security issue particularly, but if I'm now carrying the odd stick around on my keyring to see the odd client or family member who may have a Mac or Win machine, I do want to know that the data/pictures/files are not viewable by strangers if I should lose my keys or the drive itself. Also, the lack of proper portable security is probably stopping me experimenting with a fully portable set of programs that might include my browsing history, password safe and other sensitive data. I suppose the only way out of this dilemma is a secured hardware drive but the expense is an issue and most people don't have these types of drives when they hand you one with files on that could do with being secured.

Ah, found a link I first found a couple of months ago, see FreeOTFE mentioned at:
http://www.esecurityplane...-Drive.htm - Unfortunately the site didn't load back when I first found it and it still doesn't! It sounds like an answer to the problem but where has it gone?
Jun 4 2013 at 3:24pm Copy Link
Bjondc @Chris -- I found good write-ups of FreeOTFE too, but the site seems to have gone missing; I've tried it several times in the past few days. Perhaps (I hope) it's a temporary hitch in their arrangements.
Jun 4 2013 at 4:18pm Copy Link
Chris Wilson @Bjondc - the site was down a couple of months ago as well, mind you Google is showing me a snapshot of the site that it says is from 29 May this year so I guess it's sometimes working. Last version seems to be v3.21 from Feb 2010 and there are apparently problems on 64 bit Win 7 due to unsigned drivers. Also it doesn't seem to be cross-platform so I guess it's TrueCrypt as the only remaining contender for me, for now.
Jun 4 2013 at 4:54pm Copy Link
Bjondc @Chris -- I guess there isn't currently a solution that suits us. Maybe one'll come along sometime. Something with ease & flexibility for Ordinary People who don't have the needs (or budget) of Big Corp or gov't -- just want to be able to carry around stuff w/ some degree of protection at modest cost.
Jun 4 2013 at 6:37pm Copy Link
Andrew Tate Automatic dismount of encrypted files - as others have said this is a most important security feature. Especially if you leave the PC thinking you will be back in a few minutes but things crop up as they do and you don't get back for hours.

I currently use Trucrypt and they have a Trucrypt portable that you can install onto usb drives, but you do need admin rights to run on the PC you are using. However, it is free and open source.

Wonder if this software has auto dismount and not needing admin rights. Saw these questions asked before but not found the answers.
Jun 9 2013 at 3:20am Copy Link
Chris Wilson @Andrew
I don't think USB-Safe auto dismounts, and in fact the whole process of ejecting the specially mounted drive seems to be a pain from what I could tell when I tried it. It doesn't however need admin rights. Not sure what would happen if the computer crashed or there was a power cut.

From my further research, the best solution to usb drive security is to buy one with inbuilt hardware security. These have many advantages over software based solutions which quite frankly don't seem to be up to what we want or need, especially when they cost a lot per drive.

I'm not saying I've found the best make, design or solution, but for USB sticks, the Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy drive ( seems to be a good cross-platform solution. These drives cost £20 for 4GB on Amazon, £25 for 8GB, £45 for 16GB, so not so bad in terms of price especially when you consider that USB-Safe software normally costs $30 on its own (per drive).

The only limitation in buying these hardware secured drives seems to be the lack of choice in designs and the above particular example is the bulky capped sort of drive that wouldn't be great hanging from my keyring.

Let us know if anyone knows of a smaller device that would be good on a keyring. My own favourite (non-hardware secured) at the moment is the DataTraveler SE9 drives, small, strong and won't fall off my keyring (e.g. not cheap plastic/metal/lanyard/clip): - I would love to have a decent software solution for all my USB sticks and harddrives but the solution doesn't seem to be out there in terms of a) simplicity, b) cost, c) cross-platform (essential), d) auto-lock/dismount after a certain time of inactivity, e) probably a few other things as well!
Jun 9 2013 at 8:40am Copy Link
Andrew Tate @chris
I too like the Kingston usb sticks and have one myself. I am a long time user of Trucrypt as I trust it not to have any backdoors it being open source. It is also Windows/Mac/Linux and does have a Portable Disk support in windows at least. Auto dismount is a built in feature. Just trying out the usb automount options but not yet got them to work 100%. Probably due to my Autoplay settings.
Jun 11 2013 at 7:27am Copy Link
Chris Wilson @Andrew
I haven't used Truecrypt in a while but I know it's very good, with lots of good explanations on their site and good security, hidden partitions, etc. Just need more time to experiment and set things up right, none of which I seem to have these days. I haven't got one of the hardware secured sticks myself yet, so I'm not sure if they do all they say as well as they say, but might give something like that a go soon if I find a decently small one somewhere.
Jun 12 2013 at 2:27am Copy Link
Chris Rojas @Bradley Neeson
Reading all these posts, it looks like the best cost/effective product from Orbit Software would be USB Locker, since using this tool I would be able to use in many USB drives buying a single license. Correct?
Jun 20 2013 at 10:12am Copy Link
Andrew Tate @Chris For cost effective the free Truecrypt can't be beaten. It's also open source so others more erudite than me can examine the code to make sure there is no back door into the encryption and it only relies on keeping the key secret and NOT the method of encryption as well (ie source code and algorithms).

My version of windows has had the update so it will not run code from the usb stick on plugging it in (autoplay, automount, autorun and all that) to prevent against spyware being spread by usb sticks. That means the truecrypt autorun.inf file installed as an option when making a portable version is ignored.

However it was simple to set up a desktop shortcut on the stick that runs the software and mounts the encrypted container file with a single click (just look at autorun.inf and copy out the correct command line to edit your shortcut that windows creates with a right click option).

Suits me - just one click - and I love the option of configurable auto dismount when not used
Jun 21 2013 at 5:42am Copy Link
Chris Rojas @Andrew Tate - Thanks Andrew. Your explanation was very clear.
Yesterday, I went to Office Depot and found that SanDisk Usb Flash Drives have included a Password Protect Software.
It's a good deal because you don't have to pay for additional software (a 32GB stick costs $19. Same price as buying this software.)
Jun 21 2013 at 8:29am Copy Link

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