The USB flash drive is the most convenient data storage or as a backup device because it is very handy and easy to carry around. It is very useful for transferring personal data from one station to another. However, there is no doubt that this is also the main carrier of the virus into our system unit. The following are Flash Storage Safety Tips for Consumers:
- Common sense. Being careful in using the flash disk is the best thing to consider in avoiding virus problem. Do not use the flash disk or an external hard disk in infected PC.
- Always scan the USB before using it. Scanning the flash disk is one of the basic security procedure in avoiding viruses. But scanning the flash drive without updating your antivirus is useless. Every year many viruses are created to harm the functioning of our PCs. If we miss updating our anti-virus, we are no longer protected from this kind of viruses.
- Avoid using the flash disk in some public computers. School computers and computers in internet cafe are more prone of being infected from any kind of malware and viruses. Infected PC can automatically infect any flash drive that’s plugged into it. To avoid this problem, use your email or online file transfer services in transferring any files from schools into your own computers.
- Create an autorun.inf folder in the root directory of your USB. Creating a folder with this name will prevent the virus from infecting our flash drive. The virus could not replace folder, so this could be a great help to prevent autorun virus. Autorun virus can hide some viruses so this must be prevented to infect our USB or pen drive.
There have been some well-publicized examples of security breaches as a result of unsecured USB drives. To combat this, most the flash drives come with embedded encryption but when there are software solutions which allow the content of a USB disc to be encrypted automatically. Operating systems like Windows 7 and the Apple Mac OS X provide software for data encryption which allows a password to be added to the drive. And regarding hardware, some machines have programs that automatically overwrite the contents of a drive if the wrong password is entered after a prescribed amount of chances.
These security measures have been introduced because their popularity with consumers and businesses continues to increase. They are commonly used to store data in place of CDs or DVDs and are used to transfer information from one of the many different computer devices with USB connectivity.
Laptops, notebooks, tablets, PDAs, cell phones, portable gaming systems, portable music systems and printers often come with USB ports, and some allow direct transfer from a flash disc. With the growth in portable devices, there’s an added riks that data could be compromised.