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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How to encrypt a USB to be used with MAC & Win

I would like to find out if it is possible to encrypt a USB flash drive (or only password protection) which could work with dual OS ( Mac & Windows ). Is there a free software that i could use to ...
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How to store passwords in a text file in USB securely?

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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How to share EV Code Signing Certificate with USB token with other developers?

I got the Extended Validation Code Signing Certificate from Global Sign https://www.globalsign.com/en/code-signing-certificate/ They sent over a USB Token which I installed the certificate to ... or ...
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How to create reverse shell using teensy as a USB Keyboard?

For pentesting, I found several tutorials and demo codes online. Teensy is a PCB board which can act as Keyboard/Mouse/Joystick. Teensyterpreter I have read tutorials from Teensyterpreter. It is ...
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Securing data with three USB drives problem

Here is a problem. There is a single piece of sensitive data, which is subject to update and invalidate previous non-updated copies (think of password-protected Bitcoin Core wallet.dat). There are ...
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Why aren't there FIPS level 4 devices on the market?

While searching for a secure USB to use, I came across the Aegis secure key, which has FIPS Level 3 (140-2) security. I believe that it's the securest flash drive on the market. I found that the ...
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Safe to connect a USB to Linux?

A "friend" offerred me a USB with files. I plugged it into my Ubuntu (version 12 or 14, don't remember) PC and an error appeared (don't remember exactly what was written..). So I wasn't able to browse ...
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Can malware bridge external storage HW power-off switches?

Right now I have a backup setup which involves a 3.5" external USB-HDD with a seperate power-supply (as is usual for such drives). This HDD is internally a standard SATA HDD with USB+Power wrappers. ...
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What is the difference, from a security perspective, between a USB Hard Drive and Flash Drive?

Many corporate and government IT departments prohibit the use of USB Flash Drives (thumb drives, the little ones with no spinning disk inside), but allow and even endorse the use of USB Hard Drives (...
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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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Can I block viruses from a USB stick by scanning it before opening its folder?

I inserted my USB stick into a friend's PC which was full of viruses, malwares and adwares. Therefore I suppose they attacked my USB device as well. Now I want to use my USB device on my PC without ...
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Can a USB device read data from the internal HD of a PC when it's turned off?

I have heard on TV (tg5) that some devices exist, that can be connected to a USB port on a PC that is turned off and get data from the hard disk. I am wondering if (and if so how) this is possible; ...
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Is there such thing as a password enforced write protected flash drive?

We would like to provide a flash drive to a client, that they can boot to, which includes a read-only operating system of our own customization, probably Linux. Every boot, it starts from clean slate. ...
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How to detect if files were saved or copied to a USB drive?

How can I find out if files from my computer were written/copied/moved to a USB storage device? I want to know if there is a solution that would work in a system that has not got any monitoring/...
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Encrypted code file (.vbs) hides 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 gets hidden and it shows a 1 kb file which is a .lnk ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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Is disabling auto-run enough to protect against malicious code from removable media automatically infecting a machine?

If I block auto-run on a windows machine, is this enough to protect it from malicious code (assuming I don't run any files manually)? Or are there known vulnerabilities that may cause infection?
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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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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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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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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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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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How reliable is a write protection switch on a USB flash drive?

I'm currently using a USB flash drive with a live distribution. At times I would plug it into terminals I cannot trust. My threat model here is solely the risk of unauthorized modifications to the ...
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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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Detecting malware-infected USB drives

I'm about to distribute some relatively cheap promotional usb drives to some of my company's clients. I'm fairly confident the company I purchased them from wouldn't intentionally implant malware on ...
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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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Can a VPN connection established by running a VPN client from an arbitrary location increase security?

I came across this interesting device called SurfEasy Private Browser. Here's the company's webpage and here's the product page on Amazon.com. I assume it's just a USB stick with a VPN client and ...
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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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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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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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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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Safe to connect to external drive?

A customer provided an external drive (USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 connections), and wants me to copy files onto the drive. The drive is not new. I have no particular reason to suspect the customer ...
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Is it enough to only wipe a flash drive once?

According to the documentation for the "diskscrb" command for wiping conventional hard drives: http://www.forensics-intl.com/diskscrb.html "Conforms to and exceeds the Government Standard set ...