How Can I Keep My Data Safe By Transporting It On A Secured USB Stick?

When we used to think about transporting data from one place to the other we would think about portable media such as a floppy disk and, later on, a digital data CD.

Now that the internet is so pervasive and most people have broadband we now think about using the file feature in our email account to send the data.

Using the internet is a lot more efficient and faster for sending data from one part of the globe to the other but what if that data is very important?

The data might hold something as important as top government secrets in which caseĀ using your normal account might not be the best idea.

keep your data safe on a secured USB stick

keep your data safe on a secured USB stick

So what can you do to make sure that the data is secured?

You can use a highly secured USB stick.

Before I go into why it is a good idea to use a USB stick I want to alleviate some of the questions that may remain of why we just do not send the file over the internet.

When we use the internet we usually use it at a point where there is going to be a wireless connection, be it at our home or out in public.

If we send data over a wireless network then there is a good chance someone will be trying to intercept our data.

This is especially true if we have something as important as government secrets.

This means that it is not a good idea to have the data leave our hands and using the internet to send the data is definitely a way that the data is going to leave our hands.

Even if you send the data encrypted over that network people will still be able to pick up the data that you send.

It will just take them longer to figure out what it says.

Your best bet is to use a method that does not involve the data leaving your side.

Using A Secured USB Stick

The best bet to do that is to use a secured USB stick.

It will give you both the data storage size and the portability that you need to be safe.

Just like any hard drive, you can create secure, encrypted folders on the USB drive that will keep it safe just in case anyone gets their hands on it.

So not only do you have this important data locked away by use of encryption, you also have it on your person the whole time.

If someone tries to take it from you, there is a good chance that you will see them first.

This is one of the best things about this method.

If someone tries to steal from you, they have to do it the old fashioned way, not from behind some keyboard.

Using a USB thumb drive is a great way to transport data.

It may be slower than sending it on the internet but it will keep your data very secured.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Yes, I did sell the bike. Sly & Arnie contacted me about having it put in Planet Hollywood, but someone else made me a better offer so it’s probably sat in some private museum somewhere :)

    • LOL.

      Hope you got a good price for it – its been immortalised in film after all.

      Have you got a new blog/site up and running yet?

  2. Good article, totally agree… well almost. It has been proven that it may also be quicker to send via USB stick compared to across the internet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa69CWQaqRI :)

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