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A Checklist to Buy Secure USB Drives for Businesses

1. Hardware Encryption
Encrypting data is one of the basic features of a secure USB drive. There are two different types of encryption methods, software, and hardware; the main difference between the two is the location of the decipher key. While the software encryption method stores the decipher key on the PC, leaving it vulnerable to virus and hacking, the hardware encryption method keeps the decipher key on the USB drive to reduce the risk of it being exposed. If you are handling confidential or exposure-sensitive files, you should think about purchasing a hardware encrypted secure USB drive.

2. Automatic Self-Destruction Against Brute Force Attack
One of the simplest ways to hack into the secured information is by entering every possible combination until a match on the password is found. This is called the “brute force attack”. In order to prevent illegal access methods, the USB drive needs have a function where the data is completely deleted after a set amount of incorrect password attempts. Make sure your secure USB drive has safeguards against brute force attack.

3. Embedded with Vaccine Program for USB Drive
There are many factors that increase the chances of virus infection; the most influential factor is on how often the USB drive gets connected to an unreliable computer (i.e. public places, schools, libraries, and airports). Once infected, the USB drive acts as a host to infect other PCs. This is extremely dangerous, especially when the infected USB drive is connected to PCs that are connected to lab equipment or contains confidential data. The most efficient way to defend the USB drive from virus infection is to embed a vaccine program

on the USB drive. Anti-virus for USB drive is absolutely necessary when it comes to protecting your private data and files.

4. Need for Copy Protection
The basic function of a secure USB drive is to encrypt data, thus, preventing data leakage when lost or

stolen. However, sometimes those with access to the files would copy the shared files using a USB drive or external hard drive. In this case, the data stored on the USB drive could be saved to the local PC without any trouble.

To prevent data leakage through a friend, coworker or family member, copy protection is ideal. Although the copy protection function is optional, it is necessary to keep those who might be closer to you, out of your private life.

5. Do I need administrative USB drive?

Usually, secure USB drives are purchased by the company and given out to the employees. In which case, each USB drive is independently protected against copy protection, and the individuals become responsible for any leakage accidents.

The administrative USB drive is suitable for companies with a security administrator; the administrator controls every USB drive in the entire company with his own configured security policy. With the administrative USB drive, the security administrator can control password, copy protection, log collection, prevent data leakage, restore password, validity period and number of uses.

6. Reusable with Initialization Tool 
What happens when you forget your password to access the USB drive? Some secure USB drives are not allowed to be initialized, meaning you have to buy a new one. Others are reusable right after initialization but the data will be lost.

Make sure to purchase a replacement secure USB drive or buy one that can be initialized.

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How to Protect the USB Flash Drive from Viruses

Due to its convenience, portability, high storage capability and price competitiveness, the usage of USB drives are exponentially increasing. Unfortunately, the number of security accidents and computer damage are also rapidly increasing.

The most notorious virus that gets into the USB drive is the “Stuxnet”. This computer worm can cause significant problems on industrial software and equipment, resulting in the immeasurable loss.

The SECUDRIVE USB flash drive embedded the Trend Micro USB Security system, USB security system specialized on the virus-vaccine program, to prevent USB infection from malicious codes.

In this post, we will discuss:
1. The path of the USB drive virus
2. The damage caused by the virus-infected USB drive
3. How to prevent virus infection through the USB drive.

1. The path of the USB drive virus
Virus infection through the USB drive goes through the following process;
– a USB drive is infected by being connected to a virus-infected PC
– Any PC, where the virus infected USB drive is connected to, will be infected

Computer => USB Drive infection
When the USB drive is used in the virus-infected PC, the virus is automatically copied to the flash drive. “Autorun.inf” file, which automatically executes the virus, is created on the top layer of the USB memory.

USB drive => Computer infection
The virus infected USB drive automatically executes the “autorun.inf” file when connected to a PC. The file copies the virus to the computer and the “autorun.inf” file is also created on the PC.

Autorun.inf File
– This file is created to execute certain programs automatically. It is often used when a CD is inserted to a PC. The USB drive also uses the same process to start the system in the PC, consequentially infecting the PC it connects to.

2. Virus infection damage caused by USB drive
When the USB drive is infected, it starts to infect other PCs and USB flash drives. Once it has infected a computer, the virus can download other viruses through the internet and exacerbate the problem.

The following are some examples of how the virus can harm the user:
– Steals personal information
– Remotely maneuvers PC
– Transmits confidential information on the PC
– Sends keyboard log to an outsider
– Downloads new viruses

3. How to prevent virus infection of USB drive 
The number of new viruses that are infecting USB drives is significantly increasing. Be careful because your USB drive may be infected by one of them without you realizing.

SECUDRIVE USB V series embedded the Trend Micro USB Security anti-virus program, which prevents viruses and malicious codes from infecting the secure zone of the USB drive. The virus pattern is automatically updated when connected to the Internet. Learn how Trend Micro USB Security works.

The following are some safeguards against USB drive viruses.
– Uses secure USB drive with vaccine program embedded
– Uses USB drives on PC with up to date vaccine program
– Uses different USB for different purposes
– Does not use unreliable USB drives
– Checks for virus on the USB drive before opening any files onboard
– Stops any autorun processes by pressing the “shift” button when connecting the USB drive
– Opens the file from Windows Explorer and not from My Computer
– Deactivates the autorun from Windows setting
– Creates the “autorun.inf” folder in the USB drive to prevent the creation of malicious autorun.inf file
– Shows hidden files and folders to quickly distinguish hidden autorun.inf file.