In a mad rush, I’ve logged off my computer, shut down the PC and ran out the door. All the while with my USB stick still connected. The USB stick with all my photo’s, portable applications and the exe file I promised to give my neighbor. Getting home, I reach for my flash drive in pocket, and oh Sh1t it isn’t there.
Or some of you may be using USB’s to boot from so there is boot strap code on the device. If the USB is connected during bootup of your PC, you can get an error message…and for a non-tech person [wife or girlfriend] they may think their computer has crashed.
The only way around all this stuff is making sure to pull the USB out of your computer.
With USB Guard this is exactly what it does, reminds you a USB flashdrive is connected before you log off, or power down the PC.
You can also flag USB hard drives so they too are never forgotten.
IronKey has long been known as the ultimate in data storage and security for content loaded on a flash drive. With hardware encryption, self destruct safety protocols for incorrect passwords and AES 256 data encryption it’s no wonder those who need the ultimate in data security go to IronKey. Well no longer says Imation.
Under the agreement, Imation will receive exclusive license rights from IronKey for the secure storage management software and service along with licensing to use the IronKey brand for its secure storage products.
While Imation is bringing the IronKey brand to a global distribution channel, IronKey will accelerate their focus on cloud-based security tools and features. IronKey will support
A leaked version of Windows 8 has surfaced and there look to be some promising features for the USB lovers out there. First and formost, check out this screen shot of Windows 8 asking if you’d like to run from a USB flash drive.
Is it possible Microsoft figured out the best possible solution for longevity is letting users run their OS from a flash drive, then plug it into any PC they see fit to run their computer? Some storage problesm with that, but never-the-less, a good starting point.
Here are some other things we think might be bundled with Windows 8:
- Run from an ARM processor
- Multi touch gesture interface
- USB portability
- Ribbon user interface
- Easy access to cloud storage
But who knows exactly what will be included until Microsoft makes the official beta version available.
USB Autorun is a favorite among USB promotional companies as it will autorun their website, PDF files or movies. USB Autorun also gives the pirates and hackers an open door to reak havoc on your system.
Last year one of the worst virus’ spread via USB and it’s most important attribute for success was the USB autorun function.
This should all change if millions of users update the latest patch from Microsoft which address the autorun problem. The update is for all versions of Windows other than Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to adapt to the behavior in those new versions. After the patch update (KB971029), users who insert a USB device will no longer see a menu option to execute programs on the device itself. The standard menu options, to view files on the device or play media, will remain, and behavior for CD and DVD media also remains unchanged.
Microsoft feels the autorun function was such a big problem for malware jumping onto your system they had to do something. Users should note that USB with CD ROM emulation will still trigger the USB autorun function. If interested, there are some ways of getting a CD-ROM partition onto a USB stick with gear like what Nexcopy offers.
The update from Microsoft is not considered urgent enough for a security update, but they do consider it an “important” update, so we recommend you use the link in this post and get the update. Or approve the next Microsoft update you get from your OS.
How many times have you registered for a service or product on the web, only to be required to enter a user name and password? How many times has that website required some 6 or 8 character password which includes numbers, capital letter and lower case letters – basically some abstract combination of characters? Or you enter a user name only to find it’s already been used or you’re required to enter your email address as your user name. With most people having mulitple email address its difficult to remember which one, the password or combination there of. You need a system.
That system could very well be the SplashID from SplashData.
Consider some of the following – would they help you?
- Never forget a username or password again – ever
- Secure and backup your passwords, credit card numbers, registration codes, PINs, and more
- Generate truly random passwords hackers cannot guess
- Protect yourself from identity theft, keyloggers, and phishing
The SplashID uses a autorun function which automatically opens up the SplashID user interface upon connection to a PC or Mac computer. Pull the key out, and not a trace of SplashID stays on the system or any of your sensitive data you just gone done using. So clearly a big value add for passwords, data base of private content and password generator.
Currently you get the SplashID for $30 with free shipping…although the free shipping is for a limited time. Here is the link for more info.
Wouldn’t that be nice – an app store for cars? Ford isn’t there yet, but they could be. I read earlier this week that Ford is pushing out a new SDK for software developers to create applications for For Motor cars.
A simple example of an app would be syncing your smartphone with the car [via USB] and run Pandora music or Stitcher internet radio.The new SDK from Ford includes access to the voice recognition utilities to help developers integrate voice command applications. An example here would be syncing the voice command functions of your phone through the speaker system of your car stereo. Developers could also design apps where you ask the car