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The Dark Side Of Unsecured USB And Portable Hard Drives

Today we depend on digital files to obtain and exchange information. As technology progresses, so does the amount and the size of data that is exchanged between people. We often share our photographs, videos, emails and other personal files with each other. However, the sizes of the digital files are increasing overtime. Take for example High-definition videos, a 1080p, 20 min video can take more than 5 gigabyte of storage space on a hard-drive. Another example of files that take up a lot of space are digital photographs, which are also advancing in technology, allowing the photographer to take high-quality images that can range in file sizes of 20 to 30 megabytes, thus requiring large amounts of storage space per photograph. Therefore, sharing large files with friends and colleagues can be an issue sometimes.

Nevertheless, portable hard-drives and USB storage devices can make sharing of large files a breeze. You can simply plug in your USB storage device and transfer large files onto that device, enabling you to transport large amounts of data easily and conveniently. Portable hard-drives and USB storage devices are widely used by everyone to transport large files from one PC to another. However, people often forget to delete personal and secret folders which contain certain information that should not fall into the wrong hands. Sadly, sometimes that is exactly what happens when we lose or misplace our portable storage devices. For example, you're an artist, who has painstakingly designed a brochure for a large multinational company. You submit your layout for that brochure to company officials, which you have stored on to a USB storage device. After reviewing your design and artwork, the company rejects it, and you are dismissed. You leave the building, and drive home. Next day you wake up and realize that you forgot to collect your USB Storage device on your way out. Nevertheless, you go back and collect it from them. A few months later, you are at the doctor's office, and next to the magazine rack you see the company's new brochure, which has been recently printed and distributed. After thoroughly reviewing the brochure you are shocked to find the similarity between the new brochure and the one you submitted for approval. It then becomes obvious that the company had copied all of your work.

Incidents like these occur daily, because people often overlook the significance of file security on portable storage devices. Portable storage devices can safely be used if users install a file protection program on them. These security programs are installed directly onto the portable hard-drive or a portable USB device and need no installation onto any other hard-drive on a personal computer. In a nutshell, these security programs turn your USB storage device into a Secure USB storage device, which enables you to password protect your personal files and also hide them. These USB file security programs are an invaluable asset for anyone, who does not want his or her secret files being accessed by anyone. One such product that works very well, and has all of these features is USB Secure.

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