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    You or Students forever losing pen drives

    Here is the solution to all your woe's! A simple program that runs at startup to tell the user whos pen this is!

    I'm thinking or re-writing something along these lines where it would only show the message if it detected any other username but yours that you would specify at setup?

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    Hmm, tricky one. I spend my entire life trying to teach users not to run something they don't trust, and that unfamiliar .exes fall headlong into that category :s

    edit: I like the concept though.

    however, 260KB in compiled form? that's huge! :boggle:
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    We advise students and staff to change the volume label of the USB drive to their username... seems to work reasonably well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmontymick View Post
    We advise students and staff to change the volume label of the USB drive to their username... seems to work reasonably well.
    I think this one quoted above is alot safer and easier!

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    And running an .exe off a memory stick within a secured network is a good idea, or an idea that is allowed... or an administrative change to GPO to allow it.

    Exe's on memory sticks are generally blocked for a reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmontymick View Post
    We advise students and staff to change the volume label of the USB drive to their username... seems to work reasonably well.
    A very good idea, one I shall implement. I think a text file in the root of the drive named "drive owner" might work well too.

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    How can running an untrusted exe be safer than changing a volume label and running nothing? Sorry... Assuming startup mean runs from the autorun.inf on the drive when it is inserted or requires the user to run the exe if when autorun.inf is disabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    It seems like a good idea, but I think this one is alot safe and easier!
    I really hate to rain on your parade but... single-clicking the drive label in explorer and typing your name is difficult and unsafe? Are you for real?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    It seems like a good idea, but I think this one is alot safe and easier!

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    Should have mentioned we do block exe's on USB drives and autorun.inf as well for all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    Here is the solution to all your woe's!
    I would probably be more worried about users being able to run untrusted .exe from a memory stick?!

    Why is changing the label unsafe? Can't think of a reason but perhaps I am missing something?

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    It's even easier to just ban all memory stick use all together and force them to just use shared drives or online storage via your Virtual Learning Platform

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete10141748 View Post
    It's even easier to just ban all memory stick use all together and force them to just use shared drives or online storage via your Virtual Learning Platform
    This is the way we would like to go, it's going to be a big cultural shift for people but I think it's worth the effort.

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    Either I wrote it wrong, or you read it wrong which is why I quoted!

    Originally Posted by mrmontymick
    We advise students and staff to change the volume label of the USB drive to their username... seems to work reasonably well.

    This is the one I meant as the better idea, not mine before your heads pop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    I really hate to rain on your parade but... single-clicking the drive label in explorer and typing your name is difficult and unsafe? Are you for real?
    Yes I am for real read it again, I meant the idea that I quoted as a better idea :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    Yes I am for real read it again, I meant the idea that I quoted as a better idea :-)
    Read it again yourself and you'll see how ambiguous your post was.

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