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Hidden Secrets About USB Flash Drive’s Security

Author : jimmyS Lee

USB flash drives, pen drives, thumb drives and other such devices are the most popular mean of carrying data from one place to another. Millions of USB flash drives are being sold every year but unfortunately a standard USB flash drive comes with no built-in security which poses huge security risks that every computer user must be aware of.
Here I have listed down top 5 hidden security risks associated with the use of standard unsecure USB flash drives followed by the available USB security solution.

1) Data Recovery is very easy even if you quick Format your Drive

When it comes to USB flash drives, delete does not mean what you think. When you delete a file from your USB drive either using ‘Delete’ option or by performing ‘Quick Format’, it does not actually delete the file rather just place a sheet of white paper over the sensitive documents. This is what we call the FAT recovery issue. Your “deleted” file is still there and can be recovered using FAT data recovery tool.

2) Misplaced Flash Drive – A Huge Security Threat
Misplacing a USB flash drive for any amount of time is a real risk. Whenever your USB flash drive is misplaced or left behind, your data can be tampered with and can even be copied of. This is because you would never know what had happened to your flash drive when you were off ground.

3) Cheap Flash Drives can put your Data at Risk
If you use a cheap USB flash drive, there is enough chances that the flash component part of your USB drive would fade away at an alarming speed. Cheap flash drives are equipped with bad quality switches which can be broken off even after one use. This indicates that files stored are not protected against data loss and losing files this way can be very frustrating and annoying.

4) Unsecure Flash Drives can set a Terrible Catastrophe
Unprotected flash drives can set a terrible computer catastrophe as it can be loaded with viruses and malware which can infect your operating system. An affected flash drive carries malicious coding or configuration which can critically spoil any computer you plug your drive into.

5) Standard USB Drives have NO Built-in Security Feature
There is no standard flash drive that comes with built-in password protection or encryption for the data stored. This would be critical if you have stored your work related data in your USB drive as just in case if you misplace that drive, it can cause a security breach which would bring your business into jeopardy.

The Available USB Security Solution You can Use to Protect your Flash Drive

The easiest and undoubtedly the most cost-efficient solution to USB Secure till date is to use a high quality USB security software such as USB Secure which provides you a very unparalleled feature of Auto-play with which you can secure your USB drive as soon as you plug it into your computer. It endows you with an easy way to password protect USB drive as well as all other storage devices like pen drives, thumb drives, jump drives, memory cards and external hard drives.

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Jimmy S Lee is Marketing Manager at NewSoftwares, a Data Security Company that provides software to Secure USB Drives and external storage media.

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Tags:   protect USB, secure USB, USB Secure, usb security software

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