Storage drives connected by USB devices known otherwise as flash drive, USB stick, USB key and thumb drive. Also includes larger storage devices such as portable hard drives.

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Switch USB flash drive contents on the fly [closed]

I have a device (to which I can't access) that reads and writes multiple files on a flash drive (roughly 2GB). I need to switch some of these files on the fly, while the flash drive is plugged in. Any ...
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Is it dangerous to share a USB flashdrive? [duplicate]

Recently I've watched a movie "Blackhat" where just by inserting a USB flashdrive he could infect a host PC with some malicious program. Is it true that it's not safe to share USB flashdrives just ...
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Design centralized logs collection through USB flash drives using hardware-based security for host computers

I have to centralize logs collection from many different widespread computers on which I can only plug USB flash drives. Those computers should not be reachable from the network in any case to prevent ...
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Script / method to erase USB flash drive content after a certain number of uses

I have a few bootable thumb drives with various OS's that I intend to let someone use. However, I need a way to ensure the USB drives can only be used once. Thus my question - is there a way to have a ...
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How to remove Write-Only on 'encrypted USB' from Laptop [closed]

My laptop has been policy enforced to write only on Encrypted USBs like Kingston DataTraveler 4000. Other USBs are read-only and not writable. Are there any tweaks to have this removed. I read one ...
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Can USB drive infect my PC with malware if I don't allow any autorun.inf to run?

Assuming that I'm using a trusted USB flash drive (meaning that it's not some device that looks like a USB drive and whose purpose is to damage my PC), is it possible for my PC to get infected from ...
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Removing malware from a USB drive

Let's suppose I plugged in my UBS flash drive in my friends' PC and it got infected with malware. Is there a way I can wipe the USB drive without connecting it my or some other computer (and infecting ...
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Least riskiest option when it comes to reinstalling the OS

I understand security is a continuum rather than a binary, which is why I'm asking this question. I need to reinstall the OS on my Macbook. However, after a security mishap, I’m far more alert about ...
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How safe is the encryption offered by Mac OS X's Finder?

If you plug in a USB drive, open it in Finder and right-click the Finder window, you get the option to encrypt the drive. What methods does Finder use to encrypt the drive and how safe is it ...
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Thumbdrive and its obsolescence?

Using USB drives in the corporate environment is always the topic of security because viruses and malware can be introduced maliciously or unintentionally. For corporate environment, I am thinking to ...
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How to see what happens when a usb is inserted

After reading through this question about the dangers of untrusted usb drives, I was wondering if there was a way to actually see what happens when a usb drive is installed. Is it possible to say run ...
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Is there any way to safely examine the contents of a USB memory stick?

Suppose I found a USB memory stick lying around, and wanted to examine its contents in an attempt to locate its rightful owner. Considering that USB sticks might actually be something altogether more ...
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How can I reprogram a usb as a keyboard

One of my recent posts has lead me to find that you can reprogram a usb drive to appear as a keyboard to a computer. I would like to know how to do this I am currently on a power google trying to find ...
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How can USB sticks be dangerous?

We all know the story of the USB drive left outside a power plant which was found by a worker and inserted into a computer to see the contents which then allowed a hack to ensue. Here is my question, ...
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How safe are USB internet keys compared to using a router/hub with a built-in firewall?

Is it safe to use a USB 4G/LTE Mobile Internet Key, vs. a 4G/LTE Hub? How does it compare using an USB internet key to being behind a router/hub that has a firewall? I want to be shielded from the ...
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Can a BIOS or UEFI infection transfer to other storage drives without the OS presence?

I am already aware that a BIOS or UEFI malware "activate" only in the OS environment. Is it possible though that a spread mechanism be activated without the presence of the OS, so that it would infect ...
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I have a virus in my USB drive. I haven't inserted it on my PC yet. How should I proceed?

I plugged the USB drive on a public computer at my university and all the files became .exe Is there a way to clean it without risking that it will copy the virus as soon as I insert the thing?
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Detect and remove USB malware [duplicate]

I bought a USB thumb drive on ebay. It seems like much too good of a deal ($20 for a 512GB drive, as of 2015-08-10) which makes me suspicious about malware on the drive. How can I test it to see if it ...
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Has anyone used this ICLOAK USB device? [closed]

Does anyone know about this ICLOAK USB device? Opinions or how well they work? I'm looking for a security solution when I'm using PCs where I work. Occasionally we have to log into to web sites, ...
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Can I tell if my USB flash drive has been plugged into other computers? [closed]

Can I tell if my USB flash drive has been plugged into other devices?
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How secure is my information on a bootable USB drive?

Suppose I have a live bootable USB drive with Linux installed on it. It is encrypted. I am booting off it on another computer with default OS Windows. How much separation is there between the host ...
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How to prevent network administrators from accessing USB drive

How can I prevent network administrators from accessing, mapping to etc. a USB drive that's in a PC on their network? I'm mainly concerned about files being edited or deleted.
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BitLocker Drive Encryption NOT secure from drive mapping on network

I have a USB drive encrypted with BitLocker Drive Encryption. Each time I insert the drive in my USB port it works as expected, requires me to enter the password. Maybe I have the BitLocker Drive ...
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How to protect against portable applications

There are many portable apps around that could be downloaded and run on local PCs. Usually running of exe could be blocked by using UAC. however, in this case of portable applications, how do I ...
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Additional options to protect from bad USB devices in ubuntu

In addiition to the solution options in the other threads How to prevent BadUSB attacks on linux desktop Protecting against bad USB in ubuntu i wanted to ask if it is possible in ubuntu somehow to ...
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Which manufacturers who make BadUSB possible on their drives?

So as we all know by know BadUSB is possible on Phison 2251-03 chips. But are there any more reflashable devices in the wild that could be dangerous? And if there are is the firmware easily changed or ...
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Securing Diskless Clients from Data Leakage

I am experimenting with securing diskless clients booting both RHEL 6.5 and Windows 7 via PXE (and iPXE in the future) from iSCSI targets. These computers run only on an internal network and are ...
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How to identify which storage USB device is BadUSB-free at store?

Are there certain things I can look for when buying a new external hard drive or flash drives to ensure that the one I purchase does not contain BadUSB? Would popular commercial brands, such as ...
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Securing live Ubuntu USB drive

Live Ubuntu USB drives are used for the purposes of secure transactions e.g. banking, payments,etc in the absence of live CDs since the devices do not include CD or DVD-ROMs. Since there are regular ...
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Encrypting tails USB boot disk (preeboot password on live)

To use tails, I have always used a DVD, because of the fact I know it will not be tampered with, at least within reason. However there are endless reasons why a USB boot option would be faster, and in ...
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USB OTG DMA Attack vector, any information about that?

In that paper: http://www.delaat.net/rp/2011-2012/p14/report.pdf[1] is reported that USB OTG can be used to have direct DMA memory access and as a consequence have access to all the content of the ...
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Floppy disk partition showed up when USB Flash drive inserted

For one of my course's midterm lab portion, the professor provided us flash drives to put our project in. Everyone had their named labeled on one, so she gave me the last one left out, which had a ...
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Can BadUsb only be delivered via USB?

BadUsb works by infecting a computer when plugged into the USB port. Is it also possible for an attacker who gains control of a system, such as remote access, to then infect any connected USB ...
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Is placing an `autorun.inf` folder in a drive's root a good safety precaution?

Is it possible for viruses to use Windows' autorun.inf mechanism to start their execution? If so, is placing an autorun.inf folder a good safety precaution? My reasoning is that it can help in one fo ...
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Tiny USB sticks

To store my Bitcoin safely, I have an offline transaction setup. Computer A is online with a copy of the blockchain, and computer B is offline with the private keys. To make a transaction, I craft it ...
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How to use a found USB key safely

I found a USB drive while riding the subway and I want to read it to see if I can return it back to it's owner. If I can't find any info on the stick, I'll use it for my own means. Assuming I have a ...
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ByPass usb GPO with iphone -and probably other mobile-

So I am running pentest on a device running Win7 and admin user set group policy to disable all mass storage devices and all usb's. I have access to local user without privs. Although my usb stick ...
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Can the BadUSB exploit be prevented?

Recently I read a few things about the BadUSB exploit, for example: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/this-thumbdrive-hacks-computers-badusb-exploit-makes-devices-turn-evil/ My understanding ...
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Adding photos to Truecrypted, airgapped laptop from camera safely

I have a Truecrypted, airgapped (no internet connectivity at all) laptop that I use as a completely secure computer for sensitive files. I want to add images from my iPhone (I know), camera or other ...
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Mac OSX: What is the safest way to access an unknown USB storage?

Let's say a friend gives me a SD-card which I'm not sure is safe (i.e. it may contain malware), what is the safest way to access this card on a Mac OSX? E.g. Is it possible to create a sandbox in ...
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How do I securely erase USB flash drives?

I would like to know if there is a way to securely erase USB flash drives without a chance to recover data from it once it has been erased. I know, that programms like DBAN can be used to securely ...
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Encrypted code file (.vbs) hide all my files and shows .lnk files

I am using Windows XP Professional and what happens is that when I try to connect any gadget like a pen drive or a mobile through USB, all my data got hidden and it shows a 1 kb file which is a .lnk ...
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How can I identify which computers a USB drive has been used on?

Is there a way to find out in which and/or how many computers a USB flash disk entered. And if its possible can we find out how many times a file was read/edited. I heard that its possible , but I ...
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Create live USB that hides IP address from foreign government

I may have to visit family in a few months overseas. Unfortunately, the local government of the area my family is from has gotten more corrupt and vicious. I am compelled to go here and may need to ...
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How do OTP USB sticks work?

I just discovered the YubiKey NEO which seems like a pretty awesome device for maintaining security for a variety of different things including computer login, SSH private keys, GPG private keys, and ...
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Is there a value in using portable programs on a USB key?

If I am working writing a text document in a text editor (say notepad or MS word, or ...) then I can save the file and the encrypt this file. I can then try to erase the original file by overwriting ...
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Booting into Live USB Linux

If I have a Live USB Linux stick and I plug it into a computer which is not connected to the internet and boot the computer using the Live USB stick. How secure is this interms of not leaving any ...
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Encrypting passwords?

I am planning on creating a text file to store my passwords, so I only need to remember 1 password (at the moment, I have about 20 long/complex passwords in my mind, and am worried that I might forget ...
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Simple methods of preventing infection from external drives

What are some simple methods of preventing my computer from being infected by USB drives and other storage devices? I'm not asking for any bullet-proof methods, just something that can prevent ...
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File encryption with external key

I want to encrypt a few files on my computer (not FDE). To do this, I'd like to use something that requires having some external usb thing with the key on it plugged into the computer. Price is not ...