Any Recommendations on a encrypted flash drive??

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  1. WannaLearn

    WannaLearn Registered Member

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    I am looking for a good encrypted flash drive but i have read a lot on companies leaving back door access and i am not sure what to get. I am a bit of a noob but i am fascinated with computer security and i am trying to learn linux and other cool things. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I am looking at a NEW Kanguru Defender2000 Hardware Encrypted Secure USB Flash Drive FIPS 140-2 Le at the moment. Thanx
     
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    Don't know about Kanguru but have you looked at Ironkey?
    Great if you can afford it but encrypting a standard flash drive is just as good and may be better. All depends on whether you trust hardware encryption or open source encryption software.
     
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    I've my usb drive encrypted with TrueCrypt. No need for hardware encryption. TrueCrypt is fine.:thumb:
     
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    Wow thank you for the link KareldJag that is a perfect guide for me since i am a new to this. I have come across true crypt a lot from reading threads on this website but it seemed to complicated to me. I think i am gonna try it out on a reg flash drive.:)

    One more question so if i bought a reg encrypted flash drive is it still possible to add truecrypt to it in the future if i wanted? Kinda like a double layer? My main goal is to have a portable secure flash drive with all my stuff on it when i travel.
     
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    Should be no problem to add Truecrypt to a hardware encrypted flash drive.
    May be a performance hit but probably not.

    Truecrypt is a great tool and I think your caution about it's complexity is a good thing. Fairly simple to use it to encrypt a thumb drive. Stay away from encrypting hard disks on your PC/Laptop until you have used it for a while and read the manual through at least twice.
    And one final warning!!! Always make a backup copy of your data before encrypting!
     
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    hi
    A combo of software and hardware encryption is possible but hardware encryption is already robust and enough.
    There is easy to use alternative to TC, like Rohos mini drive that i recommend to avearge users http://www.rohos.com/products/rohos-mini-drive/

    And if it is possible to build a secure, encrypted and portable environmenet on a USB key for free, ready to go solutions already exist like some IronKeys
    http://www.ironkey.com/en-US/windows-to-go-drives/
    But it is not necessary to carry all our files on a usb flash drives, as cloud storage services can be accessed from Nuuk to Ushuaïa...

    Rgds
     
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    I went ahead and purchased a Kanguru Defender 2000 - FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certified Secure Encrypted Flash - 16GB for now. I also grabbed a reg old flash drive so that i can experiment with true crypt. I don't feel comfortable with saving my stuff on a flash drive i created myself yet. I am starting to experiment with new software programs i have picked up from this website but i'm moving slowly.
     
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