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USB Hack: Disable Writing to USB Drives

So here’s a poor mans USB hack to secure your network from unscrupulous characters downloading company secrets via USB.

In Windows XP SP2 and Vista you can disable writing to USB devices altogether by implementing a simple registry hack.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\
Control\StorageDevicePolicies] “WriteProtect”=dword:00000001

**Note: I inserted a break after …Set\< br>Control… to fit into post page.

Once done, reboot and you’re set. Make sure others don’t have Administrative rights, otherwise they could easily set things back. Here is the Vista error message upon copy attempt:

usb hack disable usb devices

There is an auto executable download available to disable writing to USB drives without searching for the registry area yourself. If interested in this USB hack, then jump over to How-To-Geek and snag it.

Source: How-To-Geek

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