Want to password protect your USB drive? If so, you’re at the right post. In this how-to article, we’ll walk you through the process to safeguard your USB with a solid password.
USB drives are small, portable, and universally readable. They make it easier to move data between computers. Owing to their portability, however, the data within Universal Serial Bus (USB) can be easily lost. Hence, you should always password protect your USB drive. Here’s how to do so.
Password Protect Your USB Drive
Firstly, let us tell you that you don’t need to be a computer expert or to buy an additional software to get the job done. All thanks to Windows OS, you can add passwords to your device without spending even a cent. Indeed, the steps are really easy and only take a few minutes.
- Download BitLocker on your device. Though it usually comes preinstalled on all Windows operating systems, if your PC doesn’t have it, go to its official website and download the version that applies to your PC (32 or 64 bits)
- Once done, you need to insert the desired drive into your computer’s USB port, but without opening any documents. Close the pop-up window and navigate to the This PC section to password protect your USB drive
- Now, you’ll see your hard drive along with external storage devices. Simply right-click on the USB drive you wish to protect and choose the Turn on BitLocker option
- You’ll be presented with two options: Require a PIN at every startup and Require a Startup key at every startup. It’s recommended to choose the first option
- Enter a strong password to lock your USB driver and click on the Continue button
- A new screen will appear asking you how you want to save a possible recovery key: to a file or by printing it. Consider the digital convenience in the modern era, it’s recommended to choose the first option: Save the recovery key to a file
- Next, click on the Start Encryption button and let the process complete
And that’s it! You have successfully password protected your USB driver. If you remove the drive and insert it back into your PC, the device will require you to enter a password for accessing it. From now on, your data will be more protected.
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