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USB Copy Protection vs. USB Encryption

There are some fundamental differences between USB copy protection and USB encryption to files on a flash drive.  I have seen many companies confuse and muddy the terminology between the two.  It’s time to clear things up and explain the difference. In short; USB copy protection secures a file or set of files so they cannot be copied – thus copy protection.  USB encryption scrambles the source files so they cannot be read unless you decrypt them.  Take a moment and think about this…there is a BIG difference.

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Encryption is the process of scrambling files and data so they cannot be accessed unless a password or key is supplied to reassemble the content and put everything back together.  This process is known as decryption. The fundamental use for USB encryption is to protect files and data in the event the USB stick is lost or stolen. Where encryption and USB copy protection differ is with “encryption” once you have the password you can Continue Reading

No BS – Self Destructing USB Flash Drive By Fujitsu

Don’t get too excited, the flash drive doesn’t blow up and take everyone with it, nor does it spit out harmful bio chemicals for mass destruction.  Rather, the Fujitsu USB flash drive will self destruct using a much less flamboyant method…it will erase itself.

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The drive is a prototype design whereby the internal workings include a processor and battery and after a certain amount of time, the data on the stick will erase itself.  Or self destruct. But just incase this method is a bit too hard-core, Fujitsu has an alternate method for data protection.  The second method includes an auto erase feature if the USB flash drive is used to copy files to an unauthorized workstation or server.  Using the Fujitsu re-direct software as the backbone, it can prevent data from  being uploaded to file-sharing networks, sent as e-mail attachments, or printed, according to Fujitsu. Since this is just a prototype you’ll need to wait a bit longer, but for those who are impatient, GetUSB.info knows of one flash drive which already offers USB Copy Protection.  The drive will also Copy Protect PDF files, flash, MPG and a host more multimedia files. Continue Reading

SanDisk Gives MacFanBoy Love With Secure Flash Drive

The Mac users usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to software and hardware support for the Mac OS.  Most products and applications are specifically design for the Windows user, knowing this is the largest install base of computer owners.  However, the tide is shifting.  I’m not sure if the popularity of the iPod and iPhone are the sole reason, or if users are just tired of the buggie OS of Windows but Mac computers are popping up everywhere.  Friends, work, school – well always school – and even my grandparents house.

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Today SanDisk is giving the Mac Fan Boy a bit of love.  SanDisk introduces the first secure flash drive which fully supports operation under the Mac OS.  The SanDisk Cruizer Enterprise is a USB stick that may be used on either a PC or Mac and has the full ability for data encryption of the drive.  With a friendly user interface, the owner can unlock files and data on the stick for using and sharing.  Once the drive is locked down or disconnected the encryption is back on. Continue Reading

Nexcopy Offers USB Duplicator With USB Copy Protection

We’ve seen plenty of data encryption solutions for USB, but what about true Digital Rights Management for USB drives and their content? Well, Nexcopy seems to be thinking the same thing. Nexcopy has teamed with TrusCont to offer true DRM to flash drives.

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The USB Copy Protection includes the ability to copy protect .exe files and .pdf files. With both formats you can set time limits, password protection, anti-copy and anti-rip protection. In addition, the technology will apply copy and paste restrictions and printing rights to pdf documents. Sounds like real digital rights management to me. The enhanced USB drive has more in it’s back pocket than just copy protection – which is ground breaking enough – but includes the ability for end-users to configure a USB CD-ROM partition, USB Read Only partition or combination of those plus an Open partition for general read/write use. CD-ROM partitionFor the ultimate in flexibility, the flash drive can be configured again and again with the USB CD-ROM partition or USB Read Only partition so if you’re looking to make your own custom U3 drive, looking to mess around with auto-launch software or need a combination of both for some high end application, this is it. Nexcopy is offering a TSFD Publisher Kit which is a combination of the USB duplicator plus, TrusCont’s USB copy protection and USB configuration utility along with various bundles of enhanced TSFD USB drives (qty 50, 100, 300, 500+). I’ve requested a drive to see what this is all about and will report back. Source: PRWeb. via Nexcopy Inc and TrusCont. Continue Reading

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