We've all lost a flash drive or two. Whether it was a cheap USB drive containing some promotional material, or a top secret one detailing the security protocol pertaining to a certain Queen of England's travel plans, sometimes we forget things, and have to hope that our sensitive information doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Securing your hardware by encrypting your flash drive beforehand will prevent unauthorised individuals from getting into your misplaced media. It won't get your flash drive back any faster, but you'll know that you and your data aren't in danger while your USB is at large.
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Earlier this week, the Victorian Police issued an alert about malware-laden USB thumb drives being found in residents' mailboxes. The idea of distributing malware through USB sticks isn't new and yet research has found that many people would plug in a USB drive that they find in a public place. This kind of attack is known to be used by attackers to gain access into corporate networks by luring careless employees into plugging in booby-trapped USB sticks in their work computers. More education is needed to warn end-users about the dangers of USB sticks found in public spaces.
There are exceptions to the rule that you always "get what you pay for". Indeed, there's nothing better than getting a good deal on a quality product. As the prices on flash drives drop, opportunities to snag a bargain are everywhere, but just because a drive is marked as "USB 3.0" doesn't mean it'll perform any better than an older 2.0 device.
Although cloud services have made thumb drives a bit less useful for a lot of us, they're still a staple of every geek's toolkit because there are so many things you can do with them. If you've got one or four thumb drives sitting around and want to make sure they're put to good use, here are plenty of awesome things you can do with them.
The Swiss Army knife is the go-to multi-tool for all types of people, but it hasn't seen much in the way of technological upgrades over the years. Instructables user dr_weidinger wanted to add a modern twist to his, so his grabbed an angle grinder and hacked a USB flash drive onto the knife's can opener.
Dear Lifehacker, Some of my computers (like my Mac) are always warning me about disconnecting flash drives without ejecting, while Windows doesn't seem to have a problem -- in fact, my external USB drive doesn't even have an eject option. Does this mean it's safe? How do I know when I actually need to eject a drive?
While everyone else is rushing to convert their wallets into data, one Instructables user was converting his wallet into data storage. By taking a cheap, ultra-thin USB flash drive dongle and sewing one tiny piece of Velcro, Instructables user "Activist" was able to upgrade his leather wallet into the 21st century.
After discovering how easily WEP can be cracked and creating a long, secure WPA2 key, you've probably noticed it's a pain to setup the wireless when your friends stop by. Windows 7 makes this process easy.