Posts Tagged ‘encrypt disk’

USBCrypt makes it easier to get back your lost USB drive

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

If you’ve encrypted a removable USB drive with USBCrypt, you know your files are safe: if you lose the drive, no one will be able to get your files without the correct password that you’ve set up, and the only loss you do suffer in such a case is the cost of the physical drive itself. Still, wouldn’t it be nice to get the drive back anyway?

You can increase the chance of getting your encrypted drive back by putting a message on it to be seen by the person who finds the drive. USBCrypt makes it easy to create such a message: just enter the appropriate text as the host disk name when encrypting the drive:

The message to the founder as the host disk name

(If you’ve already encrypted the drive, you can change the host disk name with the Rename host disk command). The host disk name is the first thing the person sees after plugging the drive in the computer:

The message appears when someone plugs the drive in the computer

Even if the computer happens to have the autoplay function disabled, the person would see the message when s/he opens the Computer folder:

The message is shown as the label of the drive

Yet another place to catch attention of the person who found the drive is the screen that appears when s/he runs the file USBCrypt.exe off the encrypted drive:

The built-in message when unlocking the encrypted drive

Such a message appears automatically, you don’t have to do anything special, and the name that is included in the message is the registered name that your copy of the software was licensed to (that is, presumably, your name). If the person clicks on the Not you? link, s/he will be presented with the following message:

The built-in message when unlocking the encrypted drive

This message gives the person an opportunity to contact us with the details of the drive found, and we in turn would attempt to locate your email address in our records and let you know that someone has found your lost drive. Note that what happens after that is entirely up to you, whether you want to reward the person who found the drive or not, etc. would be entirely your decision, we would just offer you our help with getting in touch with that person.

Of course, the best solution to any such problem would be not to lose the drive in the first place. However, it’s a good idea to be prepared for such a misfortune before it might happen.

USBCrypt 10.9 released

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

We’ve just released yet another update to our encryption product USBCrypt. This is a maintenance release that includes several fixes and improvements, such as:

  • When encrypting a drive, the size of the Virtual Encrypted Disk can now be selected using units other than MB.
  • The size of the Virtual Encrypted Disk is now displayed when choosing the Properties command from the taskbar icon right-click menu.
  • In some usage scenarios, the Optimize for performance option could cause 100% of the available RAM to be consumed. We have corrected that.

If you are already using a previous version of USBCrypt, you don’t need to remove it: just download and run the new version, and it should update the previous version while keeping your settings and customizations intact.

Happy encrypting!

Selecting encrypted file system

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

When you encrypt a drive with USBCrypt, on the Choose size page of the wizard you can specify not only the desired size of the Virtual Encrypted Disk to create, but you can also select the desired file system for it:

Selecting a file system format for the encrypted drive

Let’s discuss these options in more detail. First of all, in this example there are two choices for the FAT format, one listed as Default (FAT) and another one as just FAT, what is the difference between the two, you might be wondering? The Default choice instructs USBCrypt to select the same file system for the Virtual Encrypted Disk as that of the host drive. As you can see in this case, the host drive is formatted with FAT32 (as shown at the bottom of the USBCrypt window). Therefore, the default choice of the file system for the Virtual Encrypted Disk is FAT, too. If the next drive you are going to encrypt with USBCrypt happens to have the NTFS file system, then the Default option would format the Virtual Encrypted Disk with NTFS file system, too.

If that’s how you want USBCrypt to select the file system for you, then choose the Default option. If, however, you prefer one of the available file systems, and want all Virtual Encrypted Disks to be formatted with it, then select that item in the list (rather than Default). For example, if you select the FAT option, then all Virtual Encrypted Disks you create in the future will be formatted with the FAT file system, no matter how the host drive is formatted. (Of course, you can change your selection at any time!).

Which file system is “better”, FAT or NTFS? The correct answer is: it depends. The FAT format is more suitable for the smaller drives (say, smaller than 1GB or so). The FAT system is much simpler than NTFS and has less overhead. If all you need the encrypted drive for is to keep your documents and spreadsheets, then FAT would suit you just fine.

However, if you intend to store very large files on it (4GB or larger, such as the video files), then you should select the NTFS system, because FAT system cannot store such large files. (It was designed such a long time ago that it was difficult to imagine we would ever need to have files larger than 4GB!). NTFS offers several other options over FAT, such as the built-in file-based compression and access control (although you don’t really need it, since USBCrypt already provides security for all files within the Virtual Encrypted Disk, whether it is formatted with NTFS or FAT).

What about the last choice in the list, None? If you select it, then USBCrypt will create the Virtual Encrypted Disk without any file system inside at all. In such a case, you will not be able to put any files into the Virtual Encrypted disk until you format it by yourself (Windows Explorer should prompt you to format the drive when you attempt to open it for the first time). You may want to select this option if you want to use a formatting option other than the one built-in into Windows that USBCrypt uses.

Happy formatting!

It’s official: USBCrypt 10.3 released

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

The beta test (and the wait) is over: we are happy to announce the official release of USBCrypt version 10.3!

If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download the fully functional evaluation version from our web site. If you have any questions or encounter a problem, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Happy encrypting!