Yesterday we covered a fine tool for your USB Drives that allowed you to identify and clean up the junk files and folders on your Removable Drives. Today, I will discuss a USB security software that will let you lock up and protect your USB Flash Drives.
Password protect USB Flash Drive
USB Safeguard is a portable freeware that lets you lock your pen drive and make it write-protected. This will help prevent access to your removable drives should you ever misplace them and keep your data, safe and hidden. The software works by encrypting your data using the AES 256 bits encryption algorithm. Password Protect your USB Drive using USB safeguard!
The main purpose of using a USB pen drive is that you can bring your data with you wherever you go. But if you lose your USB pen drive your data also lose.
To lock up your USB Drive, simply enter your password and click on Lock. You will of course be asked to set up a password first.
To unlock the pen drive, enter your password and click on Unlock. This will make your data accessible.
Clicking on ALT+K will open the Windows on-screen keyboard. This option can be used if you suspect that there is a keylogger installed on the computer you’re using or if you are using someone else’s computer.
Many tools are available in the market to password-protect a USB drive on Windows 11 and Windows 10 computers. If you don’t want to use third-party software to put a password on your USB drive, then you can use the built-in BitLocker tool of Windows 11/10. It provides good security and lets you encrypt and password-protect a USB drive, external hard drive, SD card, etc., with ease. You can also keep a recovery key to your Microsoft account or save it as a TXT file and use that recovery key in case you forget your password.
However, if you need a freeware, which does the job pretty well and without lag, you can check out USB Safeguard. It is very easy to use, and you do not need to install any browser toolbar or adware to get started with this tool.
There is one caveat, however! The free version of USB Safeguard works with USB Drives of up to 2 GB size only. So for pen drives with a higher memory, you will have to pay and use its Pro version.
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You may therefore also want to have a look at free utilities like Rohos, TrueCrypt, and Cryptainer LE, which will help you password protect your removable media. If you know of any more such free software which protects USB Drives of any capacity, please do share below in the comments. Of course, if you are using Windows 10/8/7, you can always encrypt removable media using its inbuilt BitLocker To Go feature.
Here is a list of links to posts that will show you how to password protect documents, files, folders, programs, etc in Windows.