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How can you password protect a USB - work with linux & win?

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  1. Sep 10, 2015 #1

    Rectifier

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    Hey,
    Is it possible to password protect a USB drive and make it possible to acess these protected files on both linux and windows simultaneously?
     
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  3. Sep 10, 2015 #2

    andrewkirk

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    I have a 32GB hardware-encrypted USB stick that I access on both linux and Windows. It works fine.

    Hardware-encrypted sticks are the most secure, but expensive. Software encryption is less secure but much cheaper. I imagine that software encryption on ordinary USB sticks is also possible in a way that works on both linux and Win (and Mac), but I haven't looked into it.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2015 #3

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    What is the name of the stick?

    I am looking for a software that can software encrypt my USB sticks.
     
  5. Sep 11, 2015 #4

    andrewkirk

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    Mine is a Kingston Data Traveller Privacy. There's a brand called Kanguru that does both platforms as well.

    It might be hard to find a cross-platform software encrypter. I googled a bit and found a ref to TrueCrypt that it said was cross-platform. But when I followed the link it said it had been discontinued.
     
  6. Sep 11, 2015 #5

    DrClaude

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    Look up GnuPG. It's pretty portable.
     
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  8. Sep 11, 2015 #7

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    And the other problem I am having is that I will decrypt the USB at my schools computer (I am not root) - which is **bunut (not sure which thoue since they had mint and lubuntu before). So I cant install stuff on their computer.
     
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