Password protect USB drive on Mac and PC?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nescapolita, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. nescapolita macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I've been searching here and on google to no avail. Here's my dilemma:

    I'm a teacher. I use OS X at home and Win XP at work. I have a USB drive that contains all my materials. I want to password protect it, so that if i forget it somewhere, students will not be able to see final exams/tests etc. I am not an admin at work and the IT dept will not install any programs on my work PC. I want to be able to access these files at home also.

    Any ideas? I'd really appreciate it!
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The only way to password protect a device is to encrypt all the data within it. Unfortunately I don't know of any app that works on both mac and PC. Neither windows nor OSx have a way to password protect a device. Unless you encrypt the device, if it is stolen the data can be found one way or another.
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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  4. PajamaPants macrumors member

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    Like Angelwatt said TruCrypt is the way to go, been using it for some time just for the apps feature but still use the encryption to feel James Bond-ish :)
    And it's free.
     

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