Do you have some information, pictures, maps, databases, or other digital items that you would like to keep secret? Maybe it is your state lottery numbers that you play every week. Perhaps it is last year’s income tax return. Then again, you might have secret plans for your company’s new product that is under development. Perhaps it is the contact information for your bookie. Maybe you want to keep something secret when passing through Customs and Immigration at some country’s port of entry. How about the Christmas gifts you might purchase for your spouse?
Whatever the information, you can store it in encrypted files or folders on your computer’s hard drive. If you want the information to be portable so that you can access it from a computer at the office, a different computer at home, and from your laptop computer when traveling, storing the information on an encrypted flash drive might be a better solution.
Creating encrypted flash drives is not difficult. In fact, there are many different ways of doing that on Linux, Windows, or Macintosh computers. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=create+encrypted+files+or+folders&t=hf&ia=web for a list of articles describing encryption methods. The difficulty involved and the security of the encryption varies widely, depending upon which encryption product you use to create the encrypted files or folders.
Another method is to purchase a 100% hardware-based flash drive that has encryption capabilities already built-in. The phrase “100% hardware-based” means that the device is not dependent upon encryption software. Instead, the encryption method is built into the hardware of the device. These 100% hardware-based devices usually have built-in keypads or some similar method for entering encryption codes. The result is that they cannot be “cracked” by software alone in the method that most software-encrypted flash drives can be decoded. Most of the commercially-built, 100% hardware-based encrypted flash drives have very heavy-duty encryption that has passed high-level security audits.
In short, I trust the commercially-produced, special-purpose encrypted flash drives much more than I do a standard flash drive that has been encrypted by some off-the-shelf, general-purpose encryption software. A super-cautious person could even encrypt the secret files by using encryption software, then storing the encrypted files in a 100% hardware-based encrypted flash drive. The result is “suspenders and belt” encryption: everything is doubly encrypted for extreme security.
This week I purchased and started using an Aegis Secure Key 3z 100% hardware-based flash drive. I have only used it a few times so far, but I am very impressed with it.