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alMansur
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Portable Security Application

Has anyone worked on a portable security application for USB drives?

If you have, please get in touch.

thanks

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Hi We have range

Hi

We have range at:

http://www.yadabyte.com/Yadabyte_Portables.php

Disc/Folder encryption, password safe and Text Chat, all open source with AES.

KeepAss (Excellent) and TrueCrypt (Awesome) are also portable

If you are looking for anything else then you should give more details to the forum.

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TrueCrypt not portable

As I understand it, TC needs admin access to load the driver needed to access the encrypted "drive". It is an awesome free app if you can use it,

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Yea your right on True

Yea your right on True Crypt, I just read this too https://portableapps.com/node/239

by the way, our Yadabyte Disk is truly portable and easier to use than True Crypt. We cant see any signifigant differences in the level of security it provides either:)

Mat

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A couple of comments

- Could you make YadabyteDisk start with the password field having focus. As it is I always have to hit tab or click in the password field first.

- I have a USB hard drive that does run the autrun.inf file. But if I use YDBD, the autorun gets encrypted, too. Not so good in my case.

- Command line options would be nice to automatically encrypt/decrypt the drive. That's one thing that, IMHO, makes TC much easier to use.

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- Could you make

- Could you make YadabyteDisk start with the password field having focus. As it is I always have to hit tab or click in the password field first.
Yes, that’s our thought bug Will fix.
- I have a USB hard drive that does run the autrun.inf file. But if I use YDBD, the autorun gets encrypted, too. Not so good in my case.
So your saying exclude autorun.inf by default?
- Command line options would be nice to automatically encrypt/decrypt the drive .That's one thing that, IMHO, makes TC much easier to use.
After portability, our prime aim with these apps is simplicity, even over functionality.. If you can use the command line and True Crypt you probably should just use True Crypt:) Yadabyte disk is for someone who just wants to press a button and encrypt or decrypt their USB.

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Thoughts

- Sometimes I might have a batch file or 2, too. Maybe have YBD skip all files at the root level and just encrypt all folders?

Of course I have a couple of folders that don't need encryption (rescue stuff such as antivirus, antispyware, firewall, etc; program installations). That implies an inclision/exclusion list (ini file?). This is getting too complicated. Wink

- IMHO, I just don't see YBD as easy to use as you do. When I'm done with the USB I have to start the program, type my password, type password again, click the button. Once a TC volume is mounted I just have to unmount and everything automatically is encrypted. Maybe if YBD could automatically run using the previous password?

- Opening YBD encrypted is OK- double click program and enter password. TC is harder but can be simplified with a batch file.

Don't get me wrong, YBD is a great little program that works anywhere (admin privileges not needed). TC is powerful but that darn admin privilege can get in the way.

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Maybe

You'll like Liberta Secure as it has the ability to exclude files and folders that you don't want to encrypt. I'll release it later.

Yours

Steve Lamerton

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Autoruning YadabyteDisk

Well I think that thus will work: first copy the autorun file, encrypt the drive using Yadabyte Disk, and then paste the autorun file back.

MD

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The Security Now podcast

The Security Now podcast this week is all about True Crypt, as always with Steve and Leo, its good listening.

Mat
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Hmm

Are they the same guys as from TWiT?
And, yes, so what if I listen to a nerd program?
Mind you, I do also listen to Schanppi. *blushes*
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*Giggle giggle snort!*

It is KeePass not KeepAss...

Oh, and azjerry is correct.

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KeePass quite good

KeePass is quite a good program for storing passwords (especially if you want to store a lot of detail associated with each), and FYI they just updated it from v1.04 to v1.05 if anyone is currently using it.

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*LOL*

This almost makes up for all the Linky haters. Almost.
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Not quite

I was actually looking for a piece of software that will protect the USB drive from being accessed with a strong password. So it controls access to the USB drive contents.

Any suggestions..?

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Yes! True Crypt:)

Yes! True Crypt:)

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True Crypt is good but....

I've been reading up on true crypt, but for portability reasons (such as a encrypted usb drive/folder) it will not let you access your data on a computer without admin privilages. Have i read this correctly or i mistaken?

If this is correct is there another program someone can reccomend which works on the fly?

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There are lots of commercial

There are lots of commercial apps that do this like Safeboot (Control Break International) . But they are pricey and proprietary. Not sure how portable either.

I cant see any reason not to use True Crypt.

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Portabiity

True Crypt only encrypts files in side the USB drive, but the files are still viewable. What I was asking for is an application that controls access to the USB such that the user can NOT see the contents (whether encrypted or not) of the USB Drive without having entered the password.

And TrueCrypt needs to do away with the need for Admin privilages on the PC!

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That's not TrueCrypt's fault, it's just the way Windows is set up. TrueCrypt has to mount a virtual drive for the decrypted disk, which requires installation of a driver if it's not already installed. To install drivers, administrative privileges are required.

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bla bla

I think instead of just crypting portable disk should be better to have a secure firewall portable with option to encrypt whatever necessary; two safety/security devices in one.

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What?

What are you talking about? I didn't understand a word you said.

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Haven't we already covered this?

A firewall would be running on the host machine, not on the USB Drive. Your USB Drive is still wide open to any nasties on the host computer already. Unless I am missing your point, this wouln't be of much use. Read more here.

A simple search turned up a lot of discussions on the subject.

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true but......

Usually a firewall is running on the host computer but since it happen three times already that over here some nasty thing happened to system protected by a series of firewall (local administration, and more) I would like to have a "torpark" with crypting capabilities in order to achieve a minimum of safety and security on my own portable drive.

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