Lock/Unlock USB/Flash/Pen Drive : USB Drive Control in USB Disk Security
USB/Flash drive/Pen Drive are common portable devices used frequently by computer users, everywhere in the world i.e USA, UK, Australia, India, Canada etc. People use these devices often while transferring data from home to work computers or laptops. They can be carried in your pocket, keychain or any other mode while travelling, work or recreation. But how far is the data secure on these devices? Can you trust your colleagues, office partners, relatives, friends etc who can open the files on USB/Flash/Pen Drive! And, what about virus? If you plug-in these device from one computer/laptop to another computer/laptop, is the data safe from virus, malware, trojans etc! What about confidential data?
So to answer these problems, there are various anti-virus software which also protect your USB drives. Kaspersky, Avira etc are some of the common anti-virus programs which also protect your USB devices. But, is there any software particular to protecting USB drives?
USB Disk Security answers this problem! But this is a shareware program, which you’ve to buy after trial period. A single license costs you around $55 while there is discount on more number of licenses. But if you’re particularly looking for encrypting/decrypting data on your USB storage with a password or key file, there are many software like USB Secure, Download i-Lock, BuduLock, Cryptainer Mobile, TrueCrypt, PicoCrypt etc. But, USB Disk Security is one simple and unique software which does what it sounds.
How to Lock USB/Flash/Pen Drive?
Once you install USB Disk Security, it automatically protects and scans any USB device you connect to your computer. In Windows 7, it stays as a small icon in the Notification centre next to System tray. Click on the icon and a window will pop-up.
On the left side, click on Data Protection. There you’ve two options for Data Loss Prevention, which provides high level of protection against theft and accidental disclosure of confidential data.
1. USB Access Control – Prevents unauthorized persons from copying your data from USB drives.
2. USB Drive Control – Prevents unauthorized persons from connecting USB drives to your computer, and stop any threats from USB drives.
There is a Lock button below these two options, clicking on, which will safely secure your data and device. You’ve to provide a password to use the lock option. If you don’t want unwanted or unauthorized persons from connecting USB device to your computer and injecting virus, you can use the USB Drive Control lock option. But if you want to prevent someone from copying the data in your USB storage, you can use the USB Access Control lock option.
How to Unlock USB/Flash/Pen Drive ?
I had a peculiar problem using the above two options. I used the second option to prevent unauthorized persons from connecting USB device to my computer. But this disabled the USB drive names of my external USB hard disk. I earlier had given different names to each drive, but they all vanished and I can see only “Local Disk ….”. So I wanted to unlock the USB Drive Control of USB Disk Security. But there is no unlock!Finally after some hazzle, I was able to find a solution.
Using Unlocker (software program to delete files by force etc), I was able to delete the AUTORUN.inf folder which got created on each drive, which cannot be deleted by normal methods . This folder is hidden by default, which you can unhide using Windows Explorer —> Tools —> Folder Options. Then, I dis-connected the USB hard disk and re-connected it. Hurray, my drive names got restored.
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