Happy Friday! Just a friendly reminder to new and current subscribers to this newsletter: We have an archive of our past Community newsletters, which cover many technical topics. So check it out, because I get a lot of questions e-mailed to me that have already been covered by our community members. Also, if you are in dire need of help with technical issues, you can always find help in the CNET Forums where hundreds of wonderful members and moderators are always willing to give great advice. Now, let's address Bob's question on a cost-effective way to secure his flash drive.
Well, Bob, you asked and the community delivered. After reading through all our members' advice to you, 90 percent of our members recommended using TrueCrypt by TrueCrypt Foundation to encrypt your flash drive. There were a few additional recommendations, but this app got the most props, so it must be pretty darn good. Best of all, if you're worried about cost, it's free! I will warn you though, TrueCrypt, as explained by CNET Download editor Seth Rosenblatt, is very powerful and isn't an entry-level encryption program. Having a good understanding of this software is advisable--so read up on the manual. Also before you try any encryption software, it always a good idea to back up your data in case anything goes wrong. Also, don't forget your password, or you will be out of luck retrieving you data.
There are many additional suggestions from members not only recommending other software title, but also a lot of other tips and advice about keeping your data safe, so please give all our members contributions a read. Good luck! Thanks, everyone and have an awesome weekend!
I hope you and your readers can help me with securing a flash
drive. I realize that I can password protect and encrypt
individual files that I save to a flash drive, but I'm
looking for a way to overlay another layer of security to the
whole flash drive, if that's even possible. I know that there
are flash drives available with this kind of security built
in, but I'm looking for a more cost-effective solution for
the flash drives I already own. I would appreciate hearing
your readers' experiences with what's available, what works,
and what doesn't work. Thanks!
-- Submitted by:
Bob M. of Alexandria, VA.
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
I truly enjoy the Friday afternoon (well, evening in my part of the country) newsletters. I seem to learn tons and tons about things that I never knew I wanted (or needed) to know! So many times I archive the questions because I know that I'll need to know that soon, or I had that exact same question before--and probably will again. Or, more often than not, the question is timely for my own issues, and I get to try out the suggestions right away. This is an AMAZING group!
I have never written before, but I want to get the group's collective wisdom on online backup services (Carbonite.com just to use an example). I have had two fatal hard-drive failures in the last year. While I use an external hard-drive to back up data (most of the time), I am starting to really think about using an online backup service. That said, I am trying to understand the various services that these companies offer versus the costs (I am concerned about cost--an external hard drive is relatively cheap, so I'm not going to pay a small fortune for... (Click here to read Sandy's entire question)
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