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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Write Protection

Steps to make your drive Write Protected:
1.    Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in Run dialog.
2.    Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\
3.    Find a sub key inside it named “StorageDevicePolicies”. If it does not exist there then we need to make it. Right click on “Control” key -> New -> Key. Name it “StorageDevicePolicies” without quotes.
4.    Now right click on this newly created key and then click 
New - DWORD value and name it “WriteProtect” without quotes.
5.    Modify this key and give it a value 1.
6.    Click OK, and remember to restart the PC.
Now no more data can be transferred to the drive but to start using the drive again just give the “WriteProtect” key a value of 0 instead of 1 and restart the PC.
Password Protect USB Ports with Free MyUSBOnly

Sometimes we want to password protect or lock our computer’s USB Ports to restrict certain users to use the USB port for their purposes. This is very helpful to the people who have secret information in their system and want to hide it from the others.
So if you also want to disable and password protect your USB drive for certain or all USB drives then here is the free software for you called MyUSBOnly.
MyUSBOnly is very good USB Password Protection software that not only adds security to your USB ports but also safeguard your system from the unauthorized access.
Features of MyUSBOnly:
•    Password protect USB ports.
•    Create a Device Whitelist which allows access to certain USB Drives specified by you to access the system without any software (like your own drive).
•    Block untrusted USB Drives.
•    Run it invisibly and easily.
Whenever you insert any USB drive it will ask for the correct password, if entered wrong you won’t be able to use the drive.

Block or Disable USB with PenyuUS

The prime reason for the virus spread are the USB drives, so if you also want to protect your system from this virus spread or document theft then locking your USB is a good way to do that. PenyuUSB is a tool that can enable or disable the USB mass storage to avoid such activities.
It doesn’t mean that the USB will be blocked for everyone, the only exception being the people having the password required to access. This software can also be used to prevent data from being stolen using pen-drive.
The tool is free and simple to use. It can be downloaded easily from the link below.
Download PenyuUSB
Free USB password protection software
Here is a list of some freeware software that can password protect your USB Drive.
1.    Folder Lock
Folder Lock can also be used to password protect the USB along with the folders and files on the disk. The only thing with this is that being a shareware it requires Folder Lock to be installed on another computer as well.
2.    True Crypt
Better software to encrypt files on the drive.
3.    Cryptainer LE
A complete freeware to password protect the pen drive. Read this on how to install and use it.
There are many other tools available but none of them are freeware and possess some or the other limitation with them. Well if you know any one else, then do mention it here.

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