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Yesterday, we introduced a thin tool for your USB sticks, with which you can identify and clean unwanted files and folders on your removable media. Today, I will discuss the USB security software that you can use to lock and protect your USB keys.
USB password protection
USB Safeguard is a portable freeware that allows you to lock and write protect your USB stick. This will prevent access to your removable drives if you move them and will keep your data safe. The software encrypts your data with AES 256-bit encryption algorithm. Password Protect your USB key with USB protection!
The main purpose of using a USB stick is that you can take your data with you wherever you go. But if you lose your USB stick, your data will also be lost.
To lock your USB key, simply enter your password and click Lock. Of course, you will need to enter a password first.
To unlock the drive, enter your password and click Unlock. This will make your data accessible.
Clicking ALT+K opens the on-screen keyboard of Windows. This option can be used if you suspect that a keylogger is installed on the computer you are using, or if you are using another computer.
However, there is a reservation! The free version of USB Safeguard only works with USB sticks up to 2 GB in size. For pen drives with higher memory, you must pay and use the Pro version.
So you can also take a look at free programs such as Rohos, TrueCrypt and Cryptainer LE that help you password protect your removable media. If you know more about free software that protects USB drives of any capacity, please include it in the comments below. If you are using Windows 7/8/10, you can also encrypt removable media using the built-in BitLocker To Go function.
Phrozen Safe USB, KASHU USB Flash Security, USB Disabler are other related freeware that you might want to try.
Here is a list of links to messages that show you how to password protect documents, files, folders, programs, etc. under Windows.