USB Software That Ask For Password Before Use, Bootable in both Mac/Windwos

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rs14smith, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. rs14smith macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2009
    I was wondering if such a "free" software exist where, before someone can access the data on my usb drive, they have to entire a password. Now I know that probably does exist for both OS, but I'm looking for 1 that will work for both Mac and Windows since I'll be using the usb on both Mac's and PC's.

    If that doesn't exist..yet.., can someone recommend a free app that does it for Mac computers, and then just another one that is for Windows computers, as then I'll just have 2 separate softwares that do the similar job...although it would be nice to just have to use 1 that does both jobs.
  2. rs14smith thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2009
    It's funny as I was just searching Google and ran into that software, but my question to you is, do I need to install both the PC version and Mac version of it so that it works if I stick my usb in my Mac or a PC?

    Or can I just choose which one I would like to install and it will work for both OS's?
  3. Mr.Texor macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2007
    TrueCrypt does not work that way. Truecrypt is an app that encrypts and decrypts files and/or file systems. So if you want to encrypt your USB drive (or a file inside the USB drive) you need to have truecrypt installed on every computer that you are going to use to decrypt the USB drive (or a file inside the USB drive).

    So, if you want to use the encrypted file in a random computer (say the library or you friend's house) you have to install Truecrypt on that computer. This is not always feasible because you might not have permission to do any kind of installation (as in most libraries or public computers).
  4. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    U3 if you own a Sandisk USB. Password won't open on Mac though, I think on some older editions of U3.

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