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Although it’s calming to believe people won’t access your files if, given the chance, it’s probably unlikely so. We’ve looked at keeping your online shopping safe and how to stop someone from removing sensitive files, so today we’ll look at how to use Protectorion ToGo to secure every file on your flash drive.

Because a flash drive is quite easy to lose, it’s important to either keep important files off of it or secure the ones you already have on it. Protectorion makes it easy to drag and drop multiple files or folders into its interface and access them with a single master password.

Let’s take a look at how to protect flash drive files below.

Setup Protectorion ToGo on a flash drive

Download Protectorion ToGo and place it on a flash drive. The main executable and resulting folders/files will all be contained on this device in the same folder you’ve placed the setup file. Begin the install and click to “Accept license agreement” on the initial page before continuing setup.

Enter a password to be used for accessing the secure files. Make this as complex as possible to ensure it can’t be guessed, and choose a hint at the bottom for an easier recollection.

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This is all that’s required for setup, so let’s look at how to add files to the safe.

Add files to the safe

Adding files or folders to the safe on the flash drive can be done by copy/paste or dragging/dropping into the main application window. Include folders to separate the files from the “File > New folder” menu or “Ctrl + F.”

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Add a new file and you’ll be asked if you want to remove the source data. If these are sensitive files you only want to exist in a secure environment on your flash drive, press “Yes.”

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Once the files are in Protectorion, you can drag/drop anywhere inside or out other folders as well as do regular right-click menu tasks like rename, open or remove.

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By default, newly created files are encrypted. Highlight multiple files and select “Decrypt” to decrypt them at once.

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Automatically decrypt a file and send it to the clipboard for easy transferring via e-mail from the right-click menu.

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If you opted to remove the source files when securing them, choose “Unencrypted export” from the right-click menu to get the file back in its original state. Just choose an export folder and it will copy itself out of Protectorion.

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After reopening Protectorion from an exit, a simple field will present itself asking for the master password you filled in above.

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If we take a look at the actual data that is contained in the “\ProtectorionSafe\Data” folder on flash drive, we’ll see it’s truly unreadable and thus encrypted as we need it to be.

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Something to note is that even though this is unreadable to someone without the password, it doesn’t stop them from removing your data altogether. Whether out of anger they can’t get in, or for sheer sabotage, it’s important to minimize the ability for someone to delete these protected files.

Conclusion

Putting files on a USB device is secure by default, in the sense that it’s quite portable. At the same time, lose a flash drive with important files on it and it’s more likely going to be found and read unless it’s encrypted. Download Protectorion ToGo below for added security on your mobile drive.

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