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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:40 pm    Post subject: OS and PC independent encrypted USB stick Reply with quote

I recently lost one of my USB sticks. This was one where I kept a couple of different things like to-do lists, webpages and pdf's I came across and found interesting for later perusal and also basic filetransfer. I'm reasonable sure there isn't any critical on it but very probable some personal info like a copy of my CV or saved email is on it. Very sure there are no passwords or banking info or similar on it.

I'd like to replace it but with something that is "safe" in the sense that anyone that finds it will not be able to recover the files. I'm not talking serious pro black hats just regular people that might find it.

But it has to work on any pc and any OS without installing anything on the device. I want to be able to use it on my tablet, linux laptop, W7 and gentoo desktops but even on the pc at the office. And even in case there is no network it should just work. It doesn't have to be very large, the one I lost was 4GB so something like 16GB would be fine. And not too convoluted to work (so no 64 character password to enter in hex).
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

put you stuff into an encrypted 7zip?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy self encrypting flash drives (thumb drives). For example, Kingston has one called dtvp30.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

e3k wrote:
put you stuff into an encrypted 7zip?


I could, but that would need 7zip on each device. No way to install that at work I'm sure, not sure about the tablet and what on a random pc with no network?

Bones McCracker wrote:
You can buy self encrypting flash drives (thumb drives). For example, Kingston has one called dtvp30.


That one needs 2 drive letters and root on certain distros. So I guess it runs an executable which won't play nice on all pc's let alone android.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spanik wrote:
e3k wrote:
put you stuff into an encrypted 7zip?


I could, but that would need 7zip on each device. No way to install that at work I'm sure, not sure about the tablet and what on a random pc with no network?
Keep portable 7zip in the root of the usb:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Portable zip only works for windows and some distro's will need root. As portable soft doesn't work on the office pc, this won't work. Nevermind on android I guess.

Anyone tried those USB sticks with a keypad to enter a code?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spanik wrote:
That one needs 2 drive letters and root on certain distros. So I guess it runs an executable which won't play nice on all pc's let alone android.

Well, then I guess you're screwed.
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