Security Expert Willie Hanson from Memory Press presents his five password protection tips for the 2016 season.
How to Encrypt a Flash Drive 5 Password Protection Tools
So, you’ve developed a private file-sharing system to keep your secrets safe. Should you prevent all access to this file sharing system, or should you help protect only certain files? No one can tell just by opening the drive, but once you open it you’ll find out. Now the only reason you care about this process is because someone has access to it.
Here are five password protection tools that can help secure your flash drive data and ensure that only you and you alone have access to it.
Free: User agreement password by Mozilla
So maybe you feel awkward accepting the password that your mother forced on you years ago when you were a younger kid. I do too, so when I was a kid I was taught the password by my grandparents. Guess what? The password to the most widely used software used in encrypted flash drives is:
1. 9/11, Adwords, Unknown, Alzheimer’s, A Fistful of Silver, Fistful of Gold, Castro, FF, Doppelgänger, Friends of Joy, Half-Assed, Hail Mary, Home Run, Okay, Okay, Not At All, Oops, Secret ID
2. Apple, ARBO, Fanboy, Strange, SpaceX, Valentino, Security, Saracen, Squirrel, Students of Eloy, The Hospital
3. Time, Tumblr, ROFL, Porn, Viagra, VHS
4. Email, Oldskool, Abortion, Masturbation, Stiletto, Google
5. FaceBook, Maybe.
$: Defender by Avast
Another password unlock tool, and I love Avast. This is my personal favorite because it offers a complete, freeware solution, so you can use it on almost any computer, but be sure to ask to use it on a machine that is at least Windows 7 or higher-level, because all other machines don’t support the tool. Great for protecting your file-sharing system with,
1. Install and familiarize yourself with the Advanced Password Generator, then use the defaults to create the password; when your passcode is entered, it is valid for use only with your chosen tool.
2. When creating the passwords, be careful with the spaces, special characters, and capitalization. Remember, these are stronger than lowercase letters.
3. Next, enter your passcode, and your password will be run in Avast. Success! Your secure file sharing is encrypted.
4. Avast Keeps the files Safe for a Limited Time
5. By default Avast Keeps the files Safe for a Limited Time, during which time you can use the tool to access your files, but you can’t move, back up, or edit them. This means that you should close and clean the vault before running the tool.
6. To disable Avast Keeps the files Safe, simply drag and drop your files into the file vault.
7. When you boot from the “Device” drive, Avast Keeps the files Safe for a Limited Time, after which time the files will be wiped and your machine will run the tool.
8. To configure “delete” or “backup” to shut down the tool after a certain amount of time, or shut down your drive entirely, just right-click the “Device” drive, then click “lockdown,” and select a time frame. You will then be prompted to enter a password before it shuts down.
SecurID is an all-purpose password lock tool that you can use to encrypt different types of files and protocols, which is super useful, and who doesn’t like receiving a password lock?
1. You get a biometric password lock feature, as well as an additional credential lock, which means you’re forced to have a fingerprint scan and include an image, while on a USB device, which is not allowed.
2. The software is completely free. The fees are for the encryption.
3. For computer web browsing, you’re able to delete and update your files if you’re a user on a product that has a SecurID program installed.
4. The software is capable of encrypting all files, but SecurID 2.0 and higher-level SecurID are the highest level of encryption, and you get a new authorization token after the process.