Should I Be Worried About Carrying Sensitive Data On My USB Flash Drive?

In the past, if you wanted to carry data with you, you had a very limited amount of options. You could either use a cheap floppy disk which held only one megabytes worth of data and was very flimsy. Or you could use an expensive zip drive. A zip disk would cost between $20 and $30 and would hold up to about a 100mb of data. But these days you have a wider variety of options. You are able to use a blank DVD or CD that will hold Gigabytes of data for a very cheap price. Or you can purchase a portable hard drive that will allow you to carry hundreds of gigabytes of data with you.

Should I Be Worried About Carrying Sensitive Data On My USB Flash Drive

But most people pick the middle man out of these options.

They go with a portable USB flash drive.

They are small and they hold between 4 to 64 GB’s of data. That is enough for most people on the go.

But are you able to protect your data on the flash drive if you lose it? That is what so many people fear about carrying the USB flash drives with them. While they will put non important items on the drive, very few people feel comfortable enough to put anything sensitive on there. But that should not be the case. You should feel very comfortable about data on there if you do it right. And doing it right means that you should use encryption technology.

There are software solutions like Truecrypt that will allow you to carry your USB key around with you safely. They will protect your data just in case you lose it. While the person might be able to get on the drive, they will not be able to see the data that is on there. The encryption folder will only allow people that have the proper access codes to see the data. If you do not then you will not be able to see what is on the drive.

So if you have important data that you need to carry around on a USB drive then use Truecrypt or similar software. That way your data will be safe from the wrong eyes.

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.


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