Encrypt your USB pen drive

runs on Windows
screenshot of USB Safeguard

USB thumb drives are handy, to be sure. The fact that you can take a gigabyte—or 24 or more of them—of data, stick it in your pocket, and walk out the door is pretty amazing stuff. The flip side of that, of course, is that anybody else can do the same thing with your data. That's not so handy. So how do you safeguard your data while at the same time still affording yourself the convenience of the portability of that little stick of memory?

USB Safeguard is a tool that lets you encrypt the contents of your portable drive. Using 256-bit AES encryption, you won't need to worry about your data if you and your drive become separated. It features drag-and-drop encryption, so adding files to the drive is no problem. Going the other direction, you can shred files you want to get rid of, making it just about impossible for anybody else to get their hands on your info.

You can score a copy of USB Safeguard for free. It's a Windows app and will be right at home on your WinXP or later system.

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