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Encrypt And Password Protect USB Sticks


Irrespective of your computing tasks, you will have some type of sensitive and personal data stored on your USB stick. Be It family photos, login credentials to your Facebook account, work documents- they all contain Information that can be used against your wishes, namely by those with malicious Intent. As such, It's crucial to protect your USB flash drive and In this tutorial, I will show you how to do It, by using a very effective third-party tool.


Don't think for a minute, that just because you have your USB flash drive with you, It's completely safe from falling Into the wrong hands. What If you lose It on your way to work or school?  Or you've plugged It Into an Infected computer, and a virus compromised your files?  You guessed It, your personal Information Is In the hands of the unknown.

To help prevent unauthorized users from assessing files on your USB stick, I will be demonstrating how to encrypt and password protect It. To do this, I will use a neat little tool named Rohos Mini Drive, that can be downloaded from the developer's website.

I prefer the Install version of Rohos Mini Drive, thus I'll be working with that In this article. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.


Step One:
Once you've downloaded the tool, execute It and the Installation wizard will begin. Simply hit Next.



Step Two:
I've left out some Irrelevant steps, so when you come to this, hit the Install button.



Step Three:
When the Installation completes, mark the checkbox as shown below, and hit Finish.



Step Four:
The tool will now execute. Make sure your USB stick Is plugged In, and then click on Encrypt USB drive.



Step Five:
You'll be prompted to enter a password, so do exactly that and then hit Create Disk. This will create an encrypted volume on your USB stick, which will be used to store your files.



Step Six:
The tool will now begin to create the encrypted volume, so be patient whilst It performs It's task.



Step Seven:
A message of Encrypted partition has been successfully created will be returned, so simply hit OK to finalize the process.



Step Eight:
Open your USB stick, and you'll see the files as per the Image below. The encrypted partition (that was created above), Is named Rohos mini.exe. This Is the password-protected volume that will store your files.



Step Nine:
Upon double-clicking the encrypted partition, as you can see, It prompts to enter the password that was created In Step Five above. Do exactly that, and hit OK.



Last Step:
I've now stored my files and folders In the encrypted partition. Essentially, when I unplug my USB stick, no one can access my files without the password, thus It's secured.



Final Thoughts:
It's of the utmost Importance, to store your sensitive Information In a secure location and when doing so on a USB stick, It must have an element of protection In place. Encrypting & password-protecting as per this tutorial, Is as good as It gets. Be sure to apply It on every USB device that contains critical files and credentials.



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