One could potentially argue that we don't force people to use pen drives, merely insist that they encrypt them if they do. Not sure that would fly though!
I'll let you know how I get on, about to go and have a chat with the head now!
Any reason the software on those Integral drives can't be used on any drive? I would, if at all possible, like to avoid having to buy every staff member a pen drive...
Has anyone come accross this Safestick encrypted usb stick (SafeStick Encrypted USB Stick) apparently it has the option to use a web based console (SafeStick Management console SafeConsole) for management that can also be linked to active directory.
I am just starting to research encrypted memory sticks, my main issue with the software based systems is that you can't use them on computers that have been locked down. They may be alright for use in house where the software has already been preinstalled, but take them to another school that haven't and you are out of luck.
What I haven't found out yet is if the hardware encrypted sticks require software to be installed aswell or is it just a case of an executable file on the drive being run each time the drive is used. If the latter I assume it will also have problems being used on computers that have had autorun disabled and restricted to stop exe files being run from unauthorised locations such as removable drives.
Yeah, I'm looking at the Intergral Crypto Drives.
And HT in a meeting, I always seem to go up at the wrong time, or she has a sensor that says "Andy wants to spend some money .. I'll just ignore him" lol ..
Some types of stick (such as Sandisk) have optional server based software from which you may be able to enforce different settings, but without this, teachers will be able to change the password once you hand over the stick (which is fine if they tell you what it is, and a disaster if they forget). I make a point of setting one and telling them not to change it - one warning about potentially losing all their work is usually enough to put them off the idea.
Check to make sure that the stick actually does what you want when the protection procedures kick in. Most will force a reformat of the drive, leaving it usable. Others such as the Sandisk Enterprise will completely disable themselves leaving you with a useless lump of plastic.
You should also check what happens when you plug it into a machine that has just had a service pack applied to it. We have the Enterprise sticks. Worked fine on an XP with SP2 install straight from the disc. Added SP3 and they stopped working. Spent ages trying to figure out a fix, only way was to plug the stick in and log into it, leave the stick in, then run the service pack update.
Got a few DataSafe sticks too from RM. Actually have a stronger password policy than the Sandisk ones but operate in the same way. 23 quid for a 4gig jobbie.
soveryapt (19th November 2009)
Last edited by Dos_Box; 23rd November 2009 at 09:11 AM.
Give us a shout for Safetick quotes and we beat pro-brand prices
Toby at Probrand can get me 2gb SafeStick at £20 and 4gb at £30, i haven't found anyone cheaper, can you beat it?
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