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USB Flash Security

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Lost or stolen mobile devices are a growing data security threat, yet there's no need to panic over sensitive data falling into the wrong hands if it's protected. That's where USB Flash Security from Kashu System Design comes in. It's a free USB security utility for mobile devices.

USB Flash Security's compact, tabbed interface displays all installed disk drives on your PC, but the software will only install on those drives with USB access. It's a keep-it-simple layout: there's a display window, file menus for Operations and Help, Exit and Update buttons, and the Install command bar, but that's it. We inserted a USB flash drive, and USB Flash Security immediately identified it. Selecting the drive for installing the software called up a password creation wizard that has an interesting option to set your password hint to display when you hover the cursor. We installed the software, removed the drive, reinserted it, and copied some files to it, calling up the password entry dialog. We entered the password and gained access to the USB drive's volume, transferred the files, ejected the drive, and reinserted it again. Clicking the drive displayed the USB Flash Security executable, which we then clicked to recall the password entry dialog. We entered the password and gained access to the data. We like the fact that the password entry field doesn't automatically appear when you try to access the drive since there's no reason to help thieves figure things out.

Kashu is a Japanese developer that is entering the global software market, and its documentation is written in somewhat fractured English that occasionally takes some figuring out. However, the Help file is not only clear and concise but helpful as well. All told, USB Flash Security is an easy-to-use tool that offers effective password protection for mobile data devices.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "NOT Freeware"

    January 8, 2014  |   By Malkere

    Version: USB Flash Security 4.1.6

    Pros

    Great program for the 15-day trial. When you plug in the protected USB into any computer you have to insert a password or all you see is a drive with no free space. I tried it on XP and Win7 boxes no probs. Unplugging it resets it everytime. Perfect.

    Cons

    Was gearing up to make it mandatory at my office, then the 15-day trial ran out and I could no longer install it on anything.

    Summary

    Would be great if it was free, but it's not. And their pricing plan made absolutely no sense to me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "4G limit is pretty useles these days"

    September 7, 2013  |   By MDR845

    Version: USB Flash Security 4.1.6

    Pros

    Never got to install it

    Cons

    Would not install on my 8GB or larger drives

    Summary

    Very few people are still using 4GB drives. waste of time

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Dated software!"

    August 5, 2013  |   By AvidReaderCanada

    Version: USB Flash Security 4.1.6

    Pros

    Looks like great software from the review.

    Cons

    As ugolaprofonda indicates, the review doesn't mention the 4GB drive limit. Very unprofessional and a waste of time for those with larger flash drives.

    Summary

    Waste of my time.

    Updated on Aug 5, 2013

    According to the developers website, this is shareware {Software can be used free for 15 days from installing security to PC.}, not freeware as indicated by the review. Licenses are one-time only and cost: up to 4GB is $4.99, up to 8GB is $19.99, up to 16GB is $39.99 and up to 2TB is $49.99. That's hardly what *I* would call "free".

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  • 1.0 stars

    "will never know"

    September 5, 2012  |   By ugolaprofonda

    Version: USB Flash Security 4.1.5

    Pros

    aaaaaaaaaa

    Cons

    aaaaaaaaaa

    Summary

    Free version limited to 4GB USB. To point that out in the review/description would have saved to waste my time

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good Software: Exactly what I was looking for."

    August 6, 2012  |   By SophiWaterheart

    Version: USB Flash Security 4.1.5

    Pros

    It's a great software, easy to use and reliable. Also protects the entire USB drive, unlike other programs (took a lot of searches -_-). It can also be used anywhere without software installed (I think, so far. I'll have to try it at school to find out. I'm sure it can be used though!)

    Cons

    Free is only able to install on one USB and can only be used on 4GB or less. (good thing I usually use that, lol). It can also be easily deleted by accident....

    Summary

    Great Software; I really like it and it's what I have been looking for since SanDisk's secureaccess is not really as great and Kingston doesn't have an autorun password encrypt (i installed in on the Kingston :p)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent program"

    October 29, 2011  |   By avalderr

    Version: USB Flash Security 4.1.1

    Pros

    Easy to use and reliable

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    I have use it four or five times. Very good!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works pretty good"

    August 15, 2011  |   By aduplain1

    Version: USB Flash Security 4.0.1

    Pros

    password protects, free, uses barley any space

    Cons

    your capable of deleting the usbenter.exe file which means you can lose your protected files forever

    Summary

    should have a recovery application incase someone decides they cant break in so they decide to delete it all together

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  • 2.0 stars

    "One USB only, max 4 GB, then it works."

    November 30, 2010  |   By stigbjarne

    Version: USB Flash Security 3.3.0

    Pros

    It actually works, IF the memory stick isn't larger than 4 gigs, AND on only one memory stick! Easy to use, way above most of other free password tools. Steps: Install on computer. Insert USB. Open program. Install on USB w/password. Use it.

    Cons

    The size limit on 4GB and the limit to install it on only a single USB stick is of course a drag. But if you're OK with that, it's a good choice, and with pretty easy (though poor english) interface.

    Summary

    It does not require the computers you use it with later to have the program installed, the installation on the USB stick is a one time experience. If it stated more clearly it's limitations, I would have given it a 5 star rating, but when it doesn't even give you a clear error message if you try a larger mem stick, it's a 2 star from me.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Its great for password protection of a 4gb thumb drive"

    September 12, 2010  |   By yprtb

    Version: USB Flash Security 3.2.1

    Pros

    The free version I noticed does have limitations. It can only do drives 4gb or less. Paid does more. Free also only does fat file system. But that's fine for me. I have a drive that has a lot of security tools on it, and I use it..(continues in cons)

    Cons

    and I use it to clean infected pcs. I wanted to password protect my drive not only for security, but for against threats as well. This tool worked great.

    It has terrible help, but it does not take long to figure out. The tool works fine for me.

    Summary

    It works great, worth trying it out. Just make SURE that the data that's on your drive is taken off (copy to desktop) before installing the tool to your drive, as it deletes everything off of it to password protect it. Once you unlock the drive with your password, simply copy your files back over to your drive.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work on 8Gb drive"

    September 9, 2010  |   By yeladlib

    Version: USB Flash Security 3.2.1

    Pros

    None. It does not work!!!!

    Cons

    It does not work on 8GB drives. Try it and you are told the capacity is too large. No indication anywhere to maximum capacity.

    Summary

    Does not work

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