How to Password-Protect a USB Memory Stick

by Aaron Marquis
Passord-protecting USB memory prevents unauthorized access to your files.

Passord-protecting USB memory prevents unauthorized access to your files.

The minuscule size of USB memory sticks, coupled with the large memory space within the device, makes storage and transportability of files and documents extremely convenient. But USB memory sticks, like car keys or the remote control, are easily lost in the hustle of everyday life. You can safeguard your files against unauthorized access by placing a password on your USB memory stick.

Connect your USB memory stick to your computer's USB port.

Download a freeware program that can encrypt your USB memory stick (See Resources).

Open your USB memory encryption software. Navigate to the USB memory stick you wish to protect. Enter a memorable password, six characters or more, consisting of at least one number, one letter and one symbol. Press "Enter" to set the USB memory stick's password.

Close the USB password program. Safely disconnect your USB memory stick from your computer.

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About the Author

Aaron Marquis is a University of Texas graduate with experience writing commercials and press releases for national advertising agencies as well as comedy television treatments/stories for FOX Studios and HBO. Marquis has been writing for over six years.

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