One of the smartest things you can do when utilizing USB drives to store and transfer data is to encrypt the drive. As long as the drive is encrypted, the odds of that data being breached are greatly reduced should it be stolen or misplaced.
Generally, doing this is pretty easy, just follow. If you have a Windows 8.1 or newer computer, just follow these steps:
- Plug the USB drive into your computer
- Go to Windows Explorer and find the drive
- Right-click on it and choose “Turn on BitLocker”
- Follow the wizard and your data is safe.
Just don’t lose the encryption password – it’s not retrievable and you can’t reset it. There are other encryption solutions available as well.
Remember, encryption can be a powerful tool to help prevent data breaches in the event that a physical drive is lost or stolen.
Consider what data you might need to protect from this kind of breach, and we can help you determine what kind of encryption solution makes the most sense.