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    Password protecting USB / removable media

    Hi,
    I would like to password protect my data on my USB stick. I could use Bitlocker but then I would need a windows 7 machine with bitlocker to unlock it. I did some searching and found some apps like truecrypt but it looks like you need the APP on the destination PC to unlock it.
    I would like to be able to use it on all windows OS's and possibly unix.

    Any thoughts or tips appreciated.
    P.S this is a standard USB stick, not secure or anything fancy.
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    Put the unencrypted app on the stick and encrypt the rest of the stuff.

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    maybe change the file extension?

    or use something like winRar, to .rar the contents using a non dictionary passphrase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HYBR|D View Post
    maybe change the file extension?

    or use something like winRar, to .rar the contents using a non dictionary passphrase.
    Because I am lazy, this is generally what I do. Basically, i have a protected rar file that just feels like a password protected directory. It works and is secure. And compressed =-)
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    You can use TrueCrypt in portable mode which should accomplish what you need. You can read about it here:

    http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=truecrypt-portable
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    Thanks mmelby, I will definately use that one.

    For those interested, it can be run on these systems.

    TrueCrypt currently supports the following operating systems:

    • Windows 7
    • Windows 7 x64 (64-bit) Edition
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows Vista x64 (64-bit) Edition
    • Windows XP
    • Windows XP x64 (64-bit) Edition
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2008 x64 (64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2003
    • Windows Server 2003 x64 (64-bit)
    • Windows 2000 SP4
    • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (32-bit)
    • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
    • Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    • Linux (32-bit and 64-bit versions, kernel 2.4, 2.6 or compatible)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmelby View Post
    You can use TrueCrypt in portable mode which should accomplish what you need. You can read about it here:

    http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=truecrypt-portable
    so then you should just be able to point a reg file at windows in linux, huh?
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