One of the most classic and – yet still perversely prevalent – issues IT staff face is resetting Windows passwords for users who have forgotten them (again). While remote administration has reduced the need to physically reactivate and reset passwords in most scenarios, a copy of L0phtcrack still remains in every experienced admins ‘toolbox’. Of course, having to reboot the system and use a copy of Bart PE or other portable OS’ to run L0phtcrack has a PITA factor all its own.
Well, it seems that entrepreneur Jonty Lovell has done something about it as the all new – and fully funded – Password Reset Key has been designed to take the hassle out of this common issue. In fact, as long as you have physical access to the system even home owners can now reset their forgotten password within mere moments.
The secret to the Password Reset Key is the fact that it combines a key shaped 1GB flash drive – available in black, stainless steel, or ‘gold’ – with a simple OS that auto-loads his custom software upon startup. Just as with L0phtcrack, with a simple click or three, you can scan, reset and even test how secure a given systems login passwords are. Because of its ‘key’ form factor, it will be hard to lose as you can simply stick on your keychain and always have it close at hand. However, be warned that this $15 – $50 device (depending on which option to choose) may get you in trouble with your IT staff as resetting the ‘administrator’ password will greatly ‘annoy’ them if they find out.
The above InfoGraph was provided by Nexcopy Company and highlights the current and services available for protecting intellectual property on USB flash media, or USB Copy Protection. The concept behind this USB copy protection solution is the ability to share digital files on a flash drive with others, but restrict their ability to pass along that information.
With the above solution a user can protect different file types which are the most popular multimedia files such as PDF, MP3, QuickTime, MP4, M4V, html, flash and some other listed. This post is not intended as advertising, but a share of products and services about USB copy protection available on the market today.
BlurPort is putting a cool twist to securing your USB devices. From flash drives to hard drives BlurPort has you covered.
The product can be found (and funded) on Kickstarter right now. The concept is the BlurPort device is an 8GB stick…but it’s more. The BlurPort uses a multi-factor authentication method to unlock your digital content. Meaning you need the knowledge of the password and you need a physical device to act as the token. What is the physical device you ask? Simple: your smartphone.
The BlurPort app on your phone will offer many different ways to authenticate yourself, from facial recognition and eye scanning to NFC tokens, even pattern trace passwords.
So who wants another 8GB flash drive…well the BlurPort can also grant access to your USB hard drive and other storage devices. By removing the tail end of the BlurPort you now have a female USB socket for connecting another USB peripheral. This is where we believe the product is very unique. The BlurPort (now you can understand the name) is the gate-keeper for all your USB devices. It’s the digital road block to access and only your dual authentication will grant access.
Work flow after the jump:
Here is a great tool for cleaning Windows Registry of USB drive entries. The program runs in the Windows console and removes all devices that are not currently connected.
To clean up the Windows registry of a USB flash drive, or other USB devices can make your system boot faster and run faster.
For example, each time you connect a USB printer to a different USB port on your PC there are registry entries made which associate the device with the drivers. Windows is trying to be smart and log this information so the next time you connect the device, Windows will know exactly what to do. Meaning when you connect the printer a second time, you don’t see the balloon from Windows saying “Installing Brother driver” or something, it’s just connected and ready to go.
But, for example, lets say you connect your Nikon camera to your PC and you use a different USB port each time, now you have a bunch of registry entries that can make your PC boot slower, run slower or possible give you trouble with that external device.
With all this said, if you are having trouble with a USB drive, or a USB camera, printer or scanner, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is run this Windows registry cleaner utility. Good chance it will solve your problems.
WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to:
Does not write files to host computer
How to extract:
Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch drivecleanup.exe either in the ‘Win32’ folder or ‘x64’ folder.
ComputerWorld did a nice write up about the IronKey Workspace product for Windows 8 operating system.
Read the full article here.
“IronKey storage devices have also been validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to meet the stringent Level 3 criteria of FIPS 140-2. Combined with the cloud -based IronKey Enterprise Management Service, data security can be managed and audited from anywhere in the world. The IronKey Workspace flash drive, however, is not FIPS-certified.”
The IronKey will boot from any PC or Mac computer. Boots in about 35 seconds but has an initial configuration time of about 4 minutes.
Nexcopy has released a USB Copy Protection solution for those who need to share files, but without giving the “receiver” full ability to copy and re-distribute.
The great thing about a USB flash drive is file sharing. They are great for copy and saving and taking files on the road. This same convenience factor also makes it very difficult to have Digital Rights Management as well. With Nexcopy’s USB Copy Protection, it’s not difficult any longer!
First, lets explain the difference between write protection and USB copy protection. Some thing it’s the same, but it’s not.
USB write protection [also called data lock] means the files cannot be deleted off the drive…it also means files cannot be added to the drive. But you can still copy the files off the drive to your desktop or hard drive.
USB copy protection provides the same functionality as write protection, but in addition, does not allow