The use of USB devices and USB peripherals is becoming a better alternative for traditional CD/DVD discs to store data. USB devices are preferred because of their high data transfer rates and also their large storage capacities. However, even with these advantages the security of most of these devices is often overlooked and can be costly if one losses their pen drive that could be containing sensitive information.
Some of the simple strategies you can utilize include backing up the data stored on your USB drive frequently for example, on the cloud drive or by using encrypted USB drive. The second option is the best since even cloud storage facilities can be compromised if they are poorly managed. In this article I will be highlighting the best USB encryption software that can be used to keep your data safe.
Note that there are two types of encryption for USB flash drive. Hardware encryption and software encryption. In hardware encrypted USB drives, the AES encryption process is done automatically and it’s built-in with a small chip inside the drive itself. Once your data is encrypted, it’s locked away under encrypted storage within the drive. This means even if your drive is stolen, the person has no access to the data without the password. Data can only be accessed if a correct private password is provided.
Today’s focus is
on USB encryption
software tools. The advantage of using software over hardware
based USB encryption is that there are many options in the market
today. The downside is that you have to keep the software updated at
all times. You are also required to follow all the required
procedures correctly in order to secure the data. Otherwise, if you
ignore certain aspects of the encryption process, your data may still
be vulnerable to attacks. Here are the best USB encryption software
you can use right away!
Best USB encryption software
Rohos Disk Encryption
The Rohos disk program creates hidden and protected partitions on a computer or USB flash drive and password protects or locks access to your internet applications. This is a great tool that protects your sensitive files and private data in a hidden partition. Rohos disk uses the NIST-approved AES encryption algorithm and 256-bit encryption key length. The encryption is also automatic and on-the-fly. You don’t have to worry about the risk of data loss as there is partition password reset option that allows you to create a backup file to access your secured disk if you forget your password or lose your USB key.
It’s very easy to use Rohos and you can encrypt a drive with a single click or better automatically at system startup. It also has disk-on notifications feature that can really help you know when the secured partition is ready to use. It also has hide folder feature that uses AES encryption to prevent unauthorized local or network access to your internet applications such as Google Chrome, and Firefox. You can also have an unlimited number of additional encrypted virtual drives, over your network storage, on a USB flash drive, or on a DVD-ROM. The size of virtual drives is unlimited.
Rohos offers a portable data-security solution as you can keep a protected partition on a USB flash drive and access it on any computer. Maintaining a USB key for access control is made very easy. For instance, you can use a USB flash drive or security tokens like Aladdin eToken to access all your secured disks automatically without the need to remember and manually enter the password. You also have the ability to access your virtual drive on a USB flash drive or DVD-ROM with Rohos disk browser on any guest computer without the need to have administrator privileges. Rohos also automatically hides the shortcuts to the documents from the encrypted drive from the desktop when secured drive goes offline. My favorite feature is ability to expand my encrypted virtual partitions anytime I want.
GiliSoft USB Encryption
GiliSoft USB encryption is a comprehensive, easy-to-use solution for USB security that supports encrypting portable storage devices and can also divide external drives into two parts after encryption: the secure area and public area. With this software you can easily convert a regular USB flash drive into a secured one. GiliSoft also password protects drives or any other types of external storage drives with ease. The best thing about this USB encryption software is that it works with most operating systems and supports all external portable media like USB flash drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, memory cards, pen drives, and jump drives. GiliSoft protects all kinds of data including files, folders, and documents that you put in your USB drive. Another great advantage of this software tool is that it protects data by using several layers of protection methods. Thus, the data protection you get is independent of your hardware and PC.
Kakasoft USB Security
Kakasoft USB security protects your sensitive information in USB drives with the strongest encryption technique. This USB disk security program ensures maximum data security of your confidential data on your USB flash drives and protects them from unauthorized access with the adoption of the best cryptographic and advanced encryption method. It has an autoplay protection feature when the disk is connected to PC. Other features include support for most portable storage devices in Windows system.
Private-Public is an encryption software available for both
Windows and Mac OS. It works with both fixed drives and portable
drives. This USB encryption software uses AES-256 algorithm to
your files, folders, and drives. One great feature of this
software is that you don’t have to install it in your system, just
copy it to your USB drive and you can use it immediately. LaCie
automatically prompts for your password and grants the access only if
the entered password is correct.
safeguard is a portable software that you can use to encrypt your
drives using AES-256 encryption algorithm. With this software you can
create virtual containers to secure your data. The software also
automatically locks the device when it is unplugged from the system
or when the USB drive stays inactive for a specific period of time.
You can use the free version that caps encrypted data to only 2 GB or
upgrade to the paid version for $ 23. Note that this USB encryption
software is only available to Windows users at the moment.
Cryptainer LE is a multi-purpose encryption software that can encrypt almost any storage device, from your regular hard drive to removable devices like USB, CD, and DVD. With Cryptainer LE you can choose between AES-256 bit algorithm or 448-bit Blowfish algorithm to encrypt the USB drive. This software has a free version that limits the the size of an encrypted container you can create to 100 MB. The good thing you are free to create as many containers as you want. For the paid version of Cryptainer LE pricing is based on the container sizes.
Now I want to hear from you.
What is your favorite USB encryption software?
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