How to protect your data on your pen drive

protect your data on your pen drive
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The use of pen drives has become one of the fastest and most convenient ways to transfer files from one computer to the other.

This means that at any given time it Is storing information or data that might be personal. In the event of losing your pen drive, your personal information is rendered unsafe or lost.

Personally, I can’t count the number of times I’ve lost a pen drive or lent it out and forgotten who I gave it to.

I take some consolation from the fact that the pen drive is locked. The feature that allows you to set a lock on your pen drive is called Windows Bitlocker.

How Does it Work?

The device encryption has been on the latest versions of Windows from Windows 10 upwards. This feature will only work with the drives if it is plugged into Windows 10 and 11.

For older OS it will just show us an unrecognizable drive. This is still a win in my opinion because your data is still protected.

 

Is Device Encryption 100% Safe?

The answer is not entirely. There are ways to bypass it but can only be done by a seasoned hacker. Your standard colleague at work or even experts in your IT department cannot get around drive encryption.

The type of encryption used to lock your Pendrive is called Advanced Encryption Standard Encryption Algorithm (AES) which makes it virtually uncrackable.

So good luck to anyone trying to access your locked Pendrive.

How to protect your data on your pen drive by setting up encryption.

Without wasting time let me take you step by step through the process of setting up BitLocker encryption.

Step 1.- Plug in Your Pendrive

Step 1 Plug in Drive
Step 1 Plug in Drive

Step 2.- Type in The Search Bar “Manage BitLocker” or locate it in the Control Panel

bitlocker drive encryption
bitlocker drive encryption

Step 3. Look for your removable drive in the bit locker window. Click on the Drop-Down Arrow and you should see “Turn on Bitlocker” Just beside the drive

A should pop up will ask you to wait for a while followed by a window that asks you to set a password

Step 3 Manage Bitlocker
Step 3 Manage Bitlocker

Step 4: Follow the settings exactly as shown in the image below to set up a password.

Set Password on drive
Step 4

Step 5: Choose an option to back up your password if you lose it. If you don’t have don’t have a Microsoft account then it’s better to choose the print option.

Set Password on drive
Step 4
Step 5 Choose a backup option for your drive
Step 5 Choose a backup option for your drive

Step 6: Bitlocker allows you to choose to encrypt the entire drive or lock just a portion of the drive occupied by your files. For added security, go in for the option to back up the entire drive. It takes time but it’s worth it. Click Next

Dtep 6 Choose areas of your drive to backup
Dtep 6 Choose areas of your drive to backup

Step 7 : Choose the Compatibility Mode. I recommend this option because not everyone has the latest versions of Windows. You may need to use your drive on an older version. Click Next After

Step 7 Choose in Compatibility Mode
Step 7 Choose in Compatibility Mode

Step 8: Click on Start Encryption: The Encryption process takes time so leave your PC on and step out to grab a coffee.

Step 8 Start Encryption
Step 8 Start Encryption

 

Protect Data on Pendrive
Step 9 Encryption Process Starts

In Conclusion, BitLocker adds security to your Pen drive and will help protect your data. Additionally, anyone who tries to steal your pen drive for themselves would have wasted their time.

Setting a password on your drive is something I would always recommend.

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With three years of experience in lifestyle blogging, Emmanuel Brew is a seasoned writer known for his engaging content. An avid health and fitness enthusiast, Emmanuel shares valuable tips on social life, blending his passion for well-being with storytelling. Follow Kwame’s journey for a unique perspective on health tips and meaningful lifestyle.

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