Password Protect Your Flash Drive (Mac)

Password Protect Your Flash Drive (Mac)

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Hi everybody. This is Jon Andrews, Social & Digital Media Manager for Redport Information
Assurance. Today’92s topic, still focusing on information security, brings forth something
that I find very useful in every day computer usage.
Now I know a lot of people, including students,
family members, and businessmen who like to work on the go often. There are times though
where they can’92t, or simply won’92t bring their computers with them wherever they go.
So this brings the question, where do they keep all their work? Yes, there’92s the use
of cloud storage such as iCloud for Apple, SkyDrive through MSN, the Drive through Google,
and DropBox that help store all of the documents and media that you want to access through
another computer. But I know a lot of people who still use flash drives as well as external
hard drives.
Now I don’92t know if you’92re like me, but I’92ve probably gone through about 10
flash drives, not because I run out of room on each one, but because I misplace them somewhere.
External hard drives on the other hand are a little different… at about $100 bucks
a pop, it’92s a little hard to try and NOT lose them because of value. But say you do
lose one of these valuable products that have tons and tons of information on them. Especially
information regarding something that has to do with your job, or papers you’92ve written,
or documents that have confidential information on them that other people shouldn’92t know…

Well, if you lose one of these in the first place, you’92ve lost it all unless you have
a backup of it somewhere else. But now you have somebody who has all of your information
where they could simply just plug it into their laptop or computer and see everything.
Unless, you put passwords on them.
I’92m going to show you real quick, through a Mac, how you can encrypt, or put passwords
on your flash drives or external hard drives so that way there anybody who plugs these
in, will need a password in order to see all of the information you have on it. Not just
that, but if someone had intentions are keeping it, maybe they’92d realize ’93hey, there’92s
nothing I can do with this since I need a password’94 and generously return it back
to the owner.
So let’92s get started. First plug in whatever you have, flash drive or external into your
USB or firewire port, whichever one you prefer or use. Next, once your disk shows up on the
desktop, you’92re going to right click on it and click on ’93Encrypt’94 and then the
name of your disk. All setup wizards are generally the same thing, where it will ask you for
a password and then to type it again. After it will ask you for a password hint. If I
were you, I’92d never put a password hint on anything that asks for one.
Not only does this give someone an advantage to guessing your password, but it could however
put you at risk with other accounts you may have. The process though is easy, just enter
in a password, and press encrypt and then you’92re done
So now, every time to plug in your flash drive
or external, it’92ll prompt you asking for the password then you have access to all of
your data.
Now if you’92re not comfortable with setting a password on your things, you can do this
as an alternative. Open up a word or text file and type something along the lines such
as ’93if you find this, please call and return to’94 and then maybe your phone number. Something
that someone can easily reach you at in order to give back what you lost, or misplaced.
Even if you put that you’92ll give them a $5 reward, it’92ll not only give the person
an incentive for returning it, but i’92ll cost you less to
that then buy a new one. After you do this save
the file
as ’93OPEN THIS IF LOST’94 and then store on your drive.
Well, that’92s all regarding today’92s topic.
Don’92t forget to
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29 Replies to “Password Protect Your Flash Drive (Mac)”

  1. if someone finds my USB drive and plugs it into a Window's computer will it still be password protected?

  2. Here is what I've come to realize. Password protecting your USB thumb drive using a Mac will only work for a Mac (at least this is what has happened with mine). When I put it into a PC, it doesn't seem to recognize the device but does mount, but will also not let you unmount/eject. I'm sure there is a way around this unless it was just my personal USB drive…

  3. Sorry to hear that. But unfortunately there is no way to recove your password once you've forgot. The only thing to do is to reformat the USB which you can find out how to do that in the video. Sorry!

  4. In the format field, I don't have journaled and encrypted, I just have journaled. If you know how to help, please respond.

  5.  i have 3 partition on my 500 gb hd. is it possible to password protect only 1 partition of three. is it applicable in windows also.if we use these protected flash on windows is the windows os ask for pass(is it protect on mac and windows)

  6. Great Video! I Love it.

    @christopher liporto  I disagree with you. Sometimes things like this can be confusing to some people sp he explained it slowly. It helped me a lot. Thank you. 

  7. Good information, I was about to use 3rd party software for this, and I like how clean it is. One thing that bothers me though is that when I have this set up for a Mac I can't move and files to a PC. Oh well #MacProbs

  8. Hi! Thanks for the info.
    Does this (encrypting the external hard drive) slow down accessing the data on your hard drive? I just purchased 2 TB Lacie and use the thunderbolt port on it. Thanks for your time

  9. hi, i wonder why on my mac, it doesn't appear option of "MAC OS Extended (journaled, Encrypted)"..???   only have ""MAC OS Extended (journaled)" and others….

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