IT Support 101: Encrypting your portable storage device.


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How to encrypt your portable storage device?

A USB stick, flash drive, thumb drive, flash stick, storage USB and many more names, we know what it is. That little thing you stick at the side of your computer for that extra eight to thirty-two GB of extra space. Something you can always keep with you at all times with your key chain to keep it safe. Others use portable hard drives the same way. To store something so vital that they do not trust the same data to be physically safe in their computer.


In many cases, we have crucial documents stored within or a list of all the passwords we have. Important pictures and work documents. Legal documents in some cases. Sure we have a backup somewhere, but you need something more secure and convenient. Something physical that you can plug and access with ease.

IT Support 101: Encrypting your portable storage device. IT Block IT Support Singapore | IT services | IT solutions
Encrypting your portable storage device

Try BitLocker

Encrypting your portable storage device


Bitlocker is an excellent option. The only catch: You need to have Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise to convert your storage device into a device with Bitlocker installed to it. The good thing is, you do not need to have Windows 10 to open and use it. You can still mount and open it on a Mac!


It is, after all, a straightforward software but with decent encryption. We always recommend you keep the secret access key somewhere safe in case you forget your password. And yes, once you install BitLocker, you need a username and password to access the files inside. So at least you know if someone else has your device, they cannot use it in most cases of course.