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document updated 1 year, 9 months ago, on Aug 16, 2022

Flash drive security


Flash drives that you travel around with are much more vulnerable than data you keep locked in one building.

As they say, "physical access is king", and flash drives are frequently lost or stolen. Keys and purses can be lost, and it's trivial for a thief to break a vehicle window, grab something that caught their eye, and run off, all in mere seconds.

Obviously there are ways to reduce the risk of each of these events, but it's almost impossible to eliminate that risk differential, so it's good to put some extra thought into your flash drive security.

Ways to increase security

There are some general ways you can improve the security of your flash drives: