Losing a USB drive or other mobile devices in which you store your valuable information can cost you a lot if accessed by any unauthorized person. The same may happen if it falls into the wrong hands. So, is there a way by which you can avoid such panic? Of course, yes! The Kashu System Design of Japan has come up with a unique product – KASHU USB Flash Security! It lets you Password Protect USB Drive.
What is KASHU USB Flash Security?
KASHU USB Flash Security is a free USB security software for password-protecting USB keys and other sensitive data stored in it.
How does it help
The KASHU USB Flash Security allows users to generate a password necessary for accessing the protected data on the USB key. The data is encrypted using powerful AES 256-bit encryption. As mentioned, your valuable information or sensitive data can fall into the wrong hands hence, the program. Also, too much security software is designed and developed for the computer but very little for mobile devices.
How to use the KASHU USB Flash Security program
Before you start, download the program and install it on your Windows-based computer. You will be greeted by a wizard that will guide you through the steps required to install Flash Security during the process. Simply follow it. When done, a small icon will be visible on your computer screen as a shortcut.
Now, to install the USB Flash security on your USB drive, connect it to your computer and run the flash security program using the shortcut icon. When you run the program, you will observe that the program window displays a USB drive as a tab. Check out the screenshot below.
Select the desired USB drive and click on ‘Install’. Before this action, make sure that you have a backup of all the data as it will be deleted from the target drive when you install the Flash Security program.
If a warning is displayed, ignore it, hit the ‘OK’ button, and proceed further.
Then, enter a password you would like to use for password protecting your USB data and if required, enable the ‘Encryption’ option too. The step is, however, optional.
Only two files will be visible under the protected USB drive when the installation is complete, i.e., autorun.inf and usbenter.exe. This indicates that your USB drive is now protected. Next time you insert the same USB drive, you should notice a password entry dialog. If you do not see it, open the USB drive in Explorer and double-click on usbenter.exe.
Also, to access your data, you will need to enter the correct password. Once you do it, you will be able to view all the content in the usual way. If you would like to lock it again, simply pull the USB flash drive out from your computer.
You can download the Kashu USB Flash Security Free from here. The program is free for personal use, but the freeware version works only on up to a 4GB-USB drive. However, to use it, you will need to install it on your Windows-based computer.
Does BitLocker encrypt USB drives?
Yes, it does. You need to right-click on the USB driver, and then select Turn on Bitlocker. Then follow the wizard to encrypt your device. You will have to set a password, and every time you get back to the drive, you will have to use it to access the data inside it.
Should I encrypt my external hard drive?
If the data in the driver is private or sensitive, and it should only be accessed by you, then you should do it. It will ensure that no one is able to access the data unless they have the password.
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