We all have a pen drive, flash drive, or USB drive with us to ease out our personal or professional works. Sometimes you might want to password protect your USB drives as it may contain personal and private data.
Many encrypted pen drives are available in the market which can easily encrypt, or password protects your USB drives by AES256 hardware encryption, but these encrypted USB drives are costly and are not for the general public. But still, if you want to use it, you can buy them from Amazon here.
Here in this article, we will tell you some easy ways to encrypt or password protect your existing USB drives. These methods are absolutely free. You don’t have to buy any costly software for this.
If you are using Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise edition, then you might be familiar with BitLocker. It is an inbuilt encryption tool which comes in Win 10 through which you can encrypt your local drives and removable USB drives also.
BitLocker is very easy to use. You can just plug in your USB drive and when it shows up in the file explorer, right-click on the USB drive icon and select “Turn on BitLocker”. It will show the below screen, enter your password in it and click next. Depend upon the size of the USB drive it will take some time to encrypt the drive.
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4) For Mac OS
5) Individual Files and Folder Encryption
If you don't want to encrypt the whole USB drive of yours as these utility tools might seem complicated, then we have another option for you.
You can password protect particular files or folders as per your requirement.
For individual files like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft provides an option to secure your file using password protections. You can individually turn on this security option from the File > Info, Protect your Document/Workbook/PowerPoint and select "Encrypt" with a password.
These where the 5 easiest methods to secure your USB drives. Share this with your friends and family if you like the information.
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