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Does anyone know of an easy to use software that can simply be installed on a USB stick so ...
30th June 2009, 12:11 PM #1
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Encryption software for USB drives
Does anyone know of an easy to use software that can simply be installed on a USB stick so that everytime you plug it i, it will ask you for a password first?
A free software would be good and without having to install it on a local machine!!!
Tried truecrypt but it doesnt work!!!!
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30th June 2009, 12:35 PM #2
What didn't work for you on truecrypt?
have you looked at the instructions here? Autorun Truecrypt 5 on a USB drive using Traveler Disk Setup | EricsProjects
30th June 2009, 12:54 PM #3
Truecrypt is a bit nasty, I've done testing with it, but it really is no good for end users.
Originally Posted by Domino
An example, encrypt the volume, plug in the drive - explorer refreshes constantly as it can't read the device properly until you finally mount it with truecrypt, the interface leaves a lot to be desired too. No central management either, main thing going for it seems to be the whole disk encryption and the price.
30th June 2009, 01:08 PM #4
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Followed those instructions but what doesnt make sense is how can users access the USB drive and explore it even though Truecrypt has been installed on the USB drive?
You can still browse all the folders and save files to the USB drive without having to enter a passord????
30th June 2009, 01:11 PM #5
How big did you make the truecrypt volume in relation to the size of the disk?
30th June 2009, 02:47 PM #6
Thanks to bossman from:
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30th June 2009, 02:52 PM #7
not sure about this as have not tested it but maybe someone can test and post back with outcome but jcrypt ?
Thanks to mac_shinobi from:
30th June 2009, 03:31 PM #8
I've just ordered 200 usb sticks which I am having preloaded with truecrypt in traveller mode. The traveller container file takes up the whole 4GB of space (after the truecrypt portable software). The sticks will have the school logo and contact details printed on them, and a serial number so we can investigate any loss.
We are deploying Truecrypt to the school PCs using the RogueSpear MSI package, although our latest clone will have it preloaded. This avoids the end users requiring admin rights. The only problem is the RogueSpear MSI is version 6.1 and containers created in 6.2 will not open. This can be overcome by deploying the 6.2 driver file (truecrypt.sys) using xcopy.
As a result Windows users autorun the pen when it's plugged in. Truecrypt runs, asks for their password, assigns the letter I have set, and mounts the drive. They can not save to the unencrypted area, because it is full. All files are hidden except for a readme file I created.
Mac and Linux users will need to install the software on their home machines. I need to write some instructions...
Thanks to IrritableTech from:
30th June 2009, 03:55 PM #9
30th June 2009, 04:11 PM #10
Not tried it personally but have a look at Rohos Software Encryption
There are also hardware based AES 256bit encryption USB Pen Drives from £14 approx.
Last edited by MYK-IT; 30th June 2009 at 04:16 PM.
30th June 2009, 04:28 PM #11
It is a bit of a faff but we see it as a nessasary faff. We did look at the DataTraveler Privacy Edition (in fact there is one next to me kingston sent me for free) but they are very expensive to buy. It's not a perfect solution though. It is vulnerable to brute force password attacks as is Truecrypt, but at least the USB stick hasn't cost you £50+.
Originally Posted by bossman
The Kingston Pavacy Ed pens don't work on osx or linux either according to the pack.
30th June 2009, 04:44 PM #12
Thanks terrorvis, I've just had to revisit this, and your post could well cut a few corners for me.
30th June 2009, 04:48 PM #13
Yes I have just brought the Integral ones and given them out to staff.
Originally Posted by MYK-IT
I paid £14 for 2GB ones though.
Only works with Windows but saves all the faff with truecrypt etc..
30th June 2009, 06:05 PM #14
Aye your right on this one I don't think that any one solution is faff free so to speak.
Good luck with the faff on. Feel for ya.
30th June 2009, 06:29 PM #15
Sandisk Enterprise sticks completely disable themselves after 10 incorrect password attempts. You can also buy central managment software which can send a suicide instruction over the Internet if somebody in your organisation loses one. Sandisk Professional ones format themselves after 10 attempts if I recall. Very fast sticks, not cheap though.
Originally Posted by terrorvis
Another alternative other than these, the Integrals, or Safesticks, are the DataSafe ones which you can get from RM. 22 quid for a 4gb unit, but no central management.
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