By the way, slightly off-topic or tangent query- : I have one seagate usb hard disk with capacity 320GB, is there any chance i can lock such drives with some sort of password when they're accessed ?
Two words (besides the obvious two): Axcrypt and Truecrypt.
40hz already gave the 2 most obvious away
Thankee Ath! I think so too!
Best bet is TrueCrypt
There's a good step by step how-to here
There's a much more 'geeky' introduction and walk through here
. Well worth watching. Cracking!
But before you do any of that, take the time to watch this video
It features Eric Cole of the SANS Institute discussing things you need to know about and think about before you commit to using encryption as a method of safeguarding your data. In it he points out several pitfalls to "whole disk" encryption - and where the real danger to your data comes from - even if you do use encryption.
Nice little "get your head on straight intro" to the topic. It only takes five or so minutes - and the fact 'Doc' Cole looks just like a squirrel (with a Noo Yawk
accent no less!) makes it even more fun.
TrueCrypt can be set up in "traveler mode" for portable use
, which is what I'd recommend.
If you don't like TrueCrypt, and you're looking for something you can run from
as opposed to on
your flash drive to encrypt and use your files anywhere, check out the portable applications listed here
For individual files or folders, rather than whole drive encryption, Axcrypt
(in it's portable version) is a very good choice.
I've used both.
I prefer TrueCrypt.