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Use an encrypted USB drive to secure sensitive files

As over 20,000 USB memory sticks are lost each year in the U.S. alone, it’s a wise idea to protect any data you might keep on one with encryption. There are two ways you can do this. You can buy encrypted USB drives that use hardware to protect whatever you store on them, or you […]

Beware of malicious code sent through external media

Malicious code, also called SQL injection, is a type of attack that places unwanted files on your computer. They may automatically install themselves into your device without your explicit permission. One good way to avoid these attacks is by disabling AutoRun or AutoPlay for external media sources. This prevents external media infected with malicious code […]

Don’t use public USB ports

Nowadays it’s not uncommon to find publicly available USB ports for charging phones and other devices. But did you know that malicious hackers can take advantage of these charging locations? Hackers can install malware or viruses and steal your information through these public USB ports. Instead, use one of your own chargers and plug it […]

Be cautious of public USB ports

Say you are traveling, you’re in an airport or cafe, you may be tempted to plug your device into an open USB port to charge it. This may be risky, since you don’t know if the port is compromised. Use a wall outlet for charging your mobile device or instead bring your own battery pack.

Keep an eye on your mobile devices

To prevent theft, loss of sensitive information and unauthorized access to your personal information, don’t leave your mobile devices unattended in a public area. That also includes any USB or external storage devices you may carry with you. While traveling, if you plan on leaving any devices in your hotel room, be sure those items […]

Keep flash drives secure

A detachable external drive may seem like a good way to boost security to sensitive data, but it has its own challenges. A USB can be inserted into many devices, and you can’t know if their own security meets your standards. You can mitigate chances of security breaches due to theft with advanced drives that […]