Business and Client Security – Encrypt your USB drive in 5 steps

The cloud is a popular tool for transferring data between computers and terminals; however, with recent security concerns cloud storage is not the perfect way to transfer sensitive data. USB drives, the wave of the past, but until security is mastered, USB drives are also the foreseeable future. If you are handling any sensitive data, at any time, use a USB drive, and encrypt it. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to encrypt your drive.

• Step 1: Backup your USB drive; you must erase it to encrypt it.

• Step 2 Mac users open up the “Disk Utilitiy” app (use spotlight or find it in your applications folder under utilities).

Mac Step 3: Select your USB drive, click the erase tab, select “format” “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled,  Encrypted)”

Mac Step 4: Click “Erase…”

Mac Step 5: Type in a password that you wont forget, and use a hint that only you will understand. Done!

• Step 2 Windows users open up “Bitlocker Drive Encryption” find it in control panel / System and Security / Bitlocker Drive Encryption

Windows Step 3: Turn on Bitlocker for the USB drive.

Windows Step 4: Type in a password that you wont forget, and use a hint that only you will understand. Print off the recovery key and keep it safe.

Windows Step 5: Press encrypt, once it is completed it will be encrypted and you may reinstall your data to the drive.

Now your data is more safe and secure when traveling. All lawyers should do this with any drive containing client information; failure to do so might be a breach of the rules of professional conduct in your state.