For such a small device, flash drives can cause gargantuan security problems to its owners. I read stories about government agencies and institution who suffered data breach due to unencrypted memory devices. Needless to say, this kind of incident can endanger the lives of people involved, especially if the device contains delicate information if it got to the wrong hands.
Individuals are also not safe in this kind of attack. In fact, they are the most vulnerable since they don’t have the capacity to protect themselves when data breach is concern. And a simple unencrypted flash drive or memory card can branch out to different problems like identity theft and other fraudulent acts that may use the data stored in your stolen device. In worst case scenarios, it can lead to serious and heinous crimes like stalking, kidnapping, and such.
But there are simple tips or reminders that you can follow and bear to mind to protect your dear files. These things are quite simple but simple and little things can save you in the long run.
1. Do not leave your devices unattended. Do you often see the “Do not leave your valuables unattended” sign? Do the same for your gadgets. Treat your devices (e.i cameras, cellphones, flash drives, etc) as valuable investments. If you think of it that way, it will force you to value and protect them at all means. Do not leave them exposed or just hanging around in your house and in your car. Put it in a safe place as much as possible.
2. Invest on a quality gadget. I know that we have a penchant for discounted items. But I suggest that you splurge a little when it comes to security of your gadgets. In terms of memory devices, get a flash drive that has a password-protect features like the 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Force USB Flash Drive. This flash drive has a Password Protection Software and 128-bit AES encryption for added protection.
3. Do not forget to encrypt. If your flash drive do not the encryption features, download one over the net. There are free softwares like TrueEncrypt that you can use. But be wary also when using these programs as it might not be compatible with your device. Ask someone who know something about data encryption before you use it for your device.
4. Back up. Backing up should be a standard procedure for memory device users so they have a copy in the event that the device got lost or corrupted. Invest in an online storage for safety or have them in your computer. But be sure to store them somewhere safe also.
5. Go to the professionals. If your device got corrupted, take it to the nearest repair center. Do not try to fix it yourself as you might done more bad than good. A professional repairman knows exactly what to do in this situation.
Lastly, be responsible to your devices and the data inside. Keep in mind that everything inside can be used for you or against you.