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USB Containing Confidential Information Found – Protect Your USBs!

24th November 2017 | News | Grace Jalowiecka

An unemployed man in North London has found a USB with confidential information on it – including the Queen’s route to Heathrow airport.

The USB also contained other sensitive material such as the security detail’s time patrols of Heathrow airport, the airport’s counter-terrorism procedures, as well as maps locating the airport’s CCTV cameras.

As Heathrow is the UK’s busiest airport by a grand margin, these details come harrowingly.

The USB itself had no security. Anyone could’ve inserted the USB into their computer and saw all.

The North London man was good enough to turn the USB into the correct authorities. However, the ordeal begs to ask what would’ve happened if the USB got into the wrong hands? With the current global ongoings with terrorism, it sure isn’t a nice thought.

How to protect your USB

Protect Your USBs

This information simply acts as a further reminder that when we put highly sensitive information on our USBs, we must secure them rigorously. There are many ways to do this; today we’ll run you through some ways to keep your USB as secure as possible:

Locking Each File

To fully protect your USB you’ll need to encrypt it, which can be a lengthy process. If you’re not up for that, there is an alternative!

If you have confidential information on your USB, but aren’t committed to encrypting it, we suggest individually securing each individual file.

All Microsoft programs will allow you to attach a password to a file. You do this by going to the file section of the document, hover over info, and then to the right you should see ‘Encrypt with Password’. Click that and set your password.

How to protect your USB

Encrypt Your USB

If you want to encrypt your whole USB – which is what we recommend – you’re going to have to check to see if your Mac or Windows has BitLocker. If it doesn’t, you’re going to need to get BitLocker.

Once you’ve got BitLocker, go onto the computer section of your device (when your USB’s plugged in), click ‘Turn On BitLocker’. After that, it’s pretty simple: you choose your password, it asks you if you want to save your password or print it, and then after you decided what to do there, it’ll encrypt itself. And there you are, a fully encrypted USB safe from unemployed North London men.

How to protect your USBs

Keep Your USB In a Secure Place

This last tip works best in conjunction with number two.

The best way to keep a USB safe is firstly not to lose it! We suggest storing your USB on your keyring, or perhaps have an allocated place for it at all times rather than storing it willy-nilly. As that would make it more likely to be lost!

How to protect your USB

Flash UK

Here at Flash UK, we care about the safety of your information. In this day and age, it’s very easy to make your confidential files not so secure; we strongly advise against this. Follow our steps and make your USB an intolerable fortress. You’ll only be thankful. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in contact with us: either fill in our online form, speak to our on-site support service, or give us a call on 01896 750536.