A USB flash drive is a great tool, but what if you were to lose yours? Do you carry confidential information that you don’t want in the wrong hands?
There is a simple way to carry the most confidential information on a USB flash drive, without the fear of someone getting it, even if you lose your USB stick.
Lets say for example that you have an 8GB flash drive. The first thing that you should do, is download Truecrypt onto your computer. Then use Truecrypt to create a 4GB (or whatever size you prefer) encrypted volume on the USB stick. Now, in order to access the encrypted partition, you will need to mount it using Truecrypt. To avoid a situation where you need access to the encrypted files but do not have Truecrypt installed, just copy the Truecrypt executable to the un-encrypted partition of the USB stick, that way you can just “RUN” Truecrypt from the USB stick and mount the encrypted partition.
Once that is complete, feel free to carry any personal documents and files within the encrypted partition without the fear of someone obtaining them. Truecrypt is so strong that even the FBI can’t break it! The remaining, unencrypted partition is available to use just as you normally would, you now have a place to store both secure and non-secure files.
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