We are often asked for our advice regarding securing information on a USB flash drive. Our first response to this is that USB flash drives should NOT be used to store, exchange or transport sensitive information unless there is no other option. If you have no other option, then below are our recommendations for how to ensure your data remains protected. The first two options that utilize a keypad built-in to the USB device are the most secure and most versatile, but also the most expensive.
You should never rely on a USB flash drive as your sole data source. ALWAYS have a copy of your data stored securely in another location. In addition to being easily lost or stolen, USB flash drives can a do fail. Often they can be working fine one minute and the next they are completely inaccessible and your data is lost.
|USB Device||Pros / Features||Cons|
Apricorn Aegis Secure Key
Kingtson DataTraveler 2000
Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy
BitLocker Encryption of any standard USB flash drive