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    Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    As title. Anyone use a decent encrypted pen drive?

    Is hardware encryption better or is software just as good?

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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-C...rm-independent

    All the Standard Corsair drives also come with software encryption.
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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    google 'truecrypt', pretty good free software encryption

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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Quote Originally Posted by shbris View Post
    google 'truecrypt', pretty good free software encryption

    +1 for that.

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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    some of those "encrypted" usb drives are nothing more than an autorun program that doesn't let you access the drive without a password.. easily bypassed by turning off autorun.

    if you want real encryption, use truecrypt as suggested

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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Thanks all. I will get her one of the truecrypt corsair ones.
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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Treucrypt - freeware software encrypter
    Corsair pendrive - does not come with truecrypt, but it's own software

    Just so we're clear

    If she's going to want to access the pendrive on various machines, as I understand it, every machine will need to have truecrypt installed so the PC can 'decode' the encrypted pendrive and make it usable.

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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    Treucrypt - freeware software encrypter
    Corsair pendrive - does not come with truecrypt, but it's own software

    Just so we're clear

    If she's going to want to access the pendrive on various machines, as I understand it, every machine will need to have truecrypt installed so the PC can 'decode' the encrypted pendrive and make it usable.
    Hmm, she really needs one she can just plug in and go, no need for software installation. Perhaps the one Paul suggested would be best.

    On the corsair sticks it does seem to indicate that you get the Truecrypt software with them.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/16GB-...-Year-Warranty
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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Clearly, to be used antwhere it needs to be clientless, and to be secure it needs to be proper encryption.

    I can recommend StegoStick - very secure, Kingston DataTraveller Privacy Edition also very secure and more intuative to used than StegoStick, or if you want mega strong security there is SafeBoot for USB Phantom - this is not a cheap solution normally (but it could be - I have 2 brand new unused..... a gift from the company - PM me if interested).
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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Quote Originally Posted by EtheAv8r View Post
    Clearly, to be used antwhere it needs to be clientless, and to be secure it needs to be proper encryption.

    I can recommend StegoStick - very secure, Kingston DataTraveller Privacy Edition also very secure and more intuative to used than StegoStick, or if you want mega strong security there is SafeBoot for USB Phantom - this is not a cheap solution normally (but it could be - I have 2 brand new unused..... a gift from the company - PM me if interested).
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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    truecrypt is basically copied/installed to the flash drive and when you plug in the drive you run it and mount your encrypted disk, there are versions for:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    Mac OS X
    Linux

    download page here http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php

    it is not necessarily true that the drive needs to be clientless, how else will you decrypt the drive?
    i'd say that most if not all the drives will a least run a program that works with windows which will ask for the password to decrypt the contents

    here's the big question, would you rather put your trust in a hardware manufacturer who won't tell you how the thing is encrypted OR truecrypt which has been tried and tested to be secure and the encryption methods are well documented on their website?

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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    I will d/l truecrypt tonight and stick it on a spare stick and have a play. I would rather be playing Warhammer online though. You should all be aware of that!
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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulm@scan View Post
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-C...rm-independent

    All the Standard Corsair drives also come with software encryption.
    Unless the design has been changed, these are very easy to bypass.

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    Re: Help! Need to find a properly encrypted pen drive for the wife!

    Quote Originally Posted by menthel View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blastuk View Post
    .....it is not necessarily true that the drive needs to be clientless, how else will you decrypt the drive?
    By clientless I mean that it is completly self contained - the PC you plug the USB device into does not need a client or application installed that you have to run inorder to access the data on the encrypted device.
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