Questions tagged [usb-drive]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
398 views

Copy of files to storage device [duplicate]

I downloaded files from an old company computer to an external USB device, can the company tell which files were copied or only that I copied files?
0
votes
3answers
2k views

Sanitizing USB memory stick by overwriting dummy data

I want to sanitize my USB memory stick. By 'sanitizing' I mean I don't want to leave any trace of what I wrote in the USB memory stick. Since they are made with flash memory and flash memory ...
1
vote
1answer
108 views

Is it possible to investigate if a pendrive has been connected to a specific PC?

Is it possible to investigate if a pendrive has been connected to a specific PC? Are there any traces left on the device?
54
votes
13answers
18k views

Allow only specific devices to be connected to USB

Suppose I have a Windows PC in a safe room, disconnected from the internet, with only 3 cables connecting to another room, to a mouse, monitor and keyboard. The computer contains highly sensitive ...
4
votes
2answers
186 views

How can kids transfer data to a school computer safely?

I have a primary-school-aged daughter who needs to bring a presentation to school. Classmates are bringing their presentations on a thumb drive, but I have some security concerns. (One, two, etc ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Kingston Data Traveller Vault Privacy - more password attempts

The Kingston Data Traveller Vault Privacy USB drive has a default amount of 10 password entries before it is erased. I am left with one and the question is whether any of the following two approaches ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

Ipod Classic w/ torrented files

My friend gave me his old iPod classic, but it's got a bunch of torrented music on it; I want to wipe it with Disc Utility or perhaps GParted and start fresh... because I don't trust torrented files. ...
0
votes
1answer
204 views

Is Android ( Linux ) emulating a read-only USB storage device safer than a USB drive?

Well the title kinda ask all, I've been using DriveDroid on Android to emulate a read-only USB drive that I can plug in any machines to copy the files to the PC. I do use the same USB cable. For ...
3
votes
1answer
152 views

Isn't extracting an encrypted file to disk a bad idea?

When using SanDisk's SecureAccess software to access your 'encrypted' usb key, it requests you give it a location to extract the files to - expecting you to give it a folder to write them out to. Isn'...
2
votes
2answers
987 views

Is it safe to insert a USB drive of unknown origin? [duplicate]

I found a USB drive and I would like to check out the contents to see if there is any information that could allow me to identify and return to the owner. However, I'm unsure of what is on the drive. ...
3
votes
2answers
960 views

Securely obtain information from a USB Flash Drive /Thumb Drive avoiding viruses [duplicate]

I have just been passed some data in a thumb drive (which I was expecting). While I'm not too sure exactly what format the data will be in, it should be a mixture of numbers and text, possibly in one ...
0
votes
2answers
362 views

Turn exisiting USB drive into hardware encrypted drive?

I'm currently using a completely unprotected SANDISK Ultra 256GB and want to secure my files on there. I made a quick google search and found a device called Skydigital Ezsafe Lockdock which simply ...
2
votes
2answers
448 views

Is Ubuntu Guest Session safer than Ubuntu Live CD for examining malicious USB drives?

I have some allegedly malicious USB drives that I want to test. I have an already installed Ubuntu OS with a guest session and the Ubuntu Live CD. Which environment setup is safer for testing the ...
-5
votes
1answer
200 views

How to open external drive that was protected using BitLocker

I've forgotten the password for my Seagate portable drive. I locked it using windows BitLocker two years ago. I can't remember the password but I almost know what's the password. Is there any way to ...
1
vote
6answers
15k views

How do I securely dispose of a removable USB storage device from within an office?

How can I safely and securely dispose of a USB device at my workplace using only basic tools and objects commonly found in an office? I am unable to remove the device from the premises. I cannot ...
5
votes
5answers
5k views

Detection of BadUSB

We plan to distribute our new software using USB flash drives. The plan is for the field service specialists to visit our customers and upgrade the software using one of our flash drives. However, we ...
1
vote
1answer
348 views

Can the data transfered from a PC to Dropbox or a USB drive be logged and detected?

I have some problems with my manager and am in process of using a lawyer to litigate with regards to workplace harassment. The litigation is planned to be "soft" and my lawyer only plans to send the ...
1
vote
2answers
123 views

Get info of computer (logged in username) secretly using USB drive

I have a scenario in which I have to do a social engineering exercise for a client. The exercise is the simple old free USB trick, but the catch here is that I have to only get only the (non damaging) ...
0
votes
1answer
247 views

Why can't I install from a USB? Kali USB installation demands a CD-ROM. How can I get around this? [closed]

I am unable to install Kali 2016.2 using a USB. The installation demands a CD-ROM. This cannot be right... Right? EDIT: Kali Linux 64 bit (25cc6d53a8bd8886fcb468eb4fbb4cdfac895c65) ISO used ...
1
vote
1answer
775 views

How secure is BitLocker with a USB key on the motherboard

I've been reading a bit about using BitLocker without a TPM chip and I've seen here and there that some people advise to use a USB stick for ease, and plug it into an internal USB header converter and ...
56
votes
9answers
19k views

How can empty USB sticks contain malware?

I read a BBC article about empty USB sticks containing malware: Berlin-based researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell said a device that appeared to be completely empty could still contain a virus....
2
votes
0answers
128 views

Is eSATA as big a security risk as USB on Windows 7+?

My current understanding is that USB mass storage devices represent a major potential security and virus risk on Windows due to various forms of auto-execution. Does the same apply to eSATA? I mean, ...
1
vote
1answer
830 views

Is YubiKey vulnerable to BadUSB exploits?

I know that BadUSB (revealed by srlabs.de a number of years ago) works by altering the actually firmware of a particular make of USB device, and as such my trusted systems have their own designated ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

Prevent external hard disk drive from infection

Will partition of my hard drive help me to protect my essential files? I want to divide my 1 TB Hard disk drive into 4 partitions and store my files accordingly. For example I am keeping my movies in ...
10
votes
1answer
1k views

How does one properly check foreign USB Drives before getting them in your Network? Is the presented approach considered “safe”?

Current Situation: I´m currently employed at an Hospital and with rising danger of ransomware etc. spread by usb drives we decided to block all USB-Ports (roundabout 600 Clients/Windows only) via ...
0
votes
4answers
3k views

How to prevent usb rubber ducky type of attacks on Linux? [duplicate]

Afaik usb rubber ducky acts as a keyboard and not a regular usb, which allows it to type in hundreds of commands on any computer that it is plugged into in a matter of seconds. What are the measures ...
3
votes
2answers
435 views

Best practices for connecting USB key to secure computer?

This is a bit of a hypothetical, but I am interested in an answer. First, I understand that no one can protect themselves against three letter organizations, so I am really just wondering about best ...
3
votes
1answer
636 views

What are the risks and effects of the feared “Killer USB stick”?

A Russian security researcher known as "Dark Purple" has created a USB stick that contains an unusual payload. It doesn't install malware or exploit a zero-day vulnerability. Instead, the ...
2
votes
1answer
104 views

Is there a solution that shows a prompt before mounting an USB drive?

Is there such thing as a prompt that asks for permission to mount an detected USB device? In order to prevent against physical attacks with USB devices. Like "A USB device is detected would you like ...
4
votes
3answers
125 views

what are security precautions to ask clients who send a USB or CD?

We're launching a tender for a big project, and some of the businesses who want to make an offer are asking if they can send some brochures together with a USB stick or CD-Rom. Since we're trying to ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

How to encrypt a USB to be used with MAC & Win [duplicate]

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
-3
votes
2answers
737 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
605 views

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. ...
0
votes
6answers
2k views

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 (...
15
votes
4answers
9k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
131 views

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 ...
-1
votes
3answers
155 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
213 views

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 ...
50
votes
3answers
10k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
427 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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 actually?...
3
votes
4answers
128 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
272 views

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 ...
124
votes
11answers
46k views

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 ...
20
votes
3answers
34k views

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 ...
161
votes
5answers
23k views

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, ...