Encrypted USB – AES or Password Protection?

Many people have come to rely dearly on the safety of their USB. The USB flash drive has become just as personal and important to people as their wallets and diaries. So, of course, proper protection for their USB is vitally important. For this reason many people opt to have an encrypted USB that features the security form of their choice. Unfortunately, it is easy to lose a USB. Even if it is not lost, someone could try to access the information on it when the owner is not around. Instead of having to stress out about keeping their USB away from those who might want to steal their secrets, USB owners try to use the most secure security protection.

However, the issue of which form of security is best for a custom USB is a topic of hot debate. Some insist that password protection is all that is required while others argue adamantly on behalf of AES encryption. Then there is the neutral party of new users who are simply trying to find out which security method is right for them. There is a lot of evidence in favour of both systems and it can be a big chore to try and sort through it all. There are parties who have been able to successfully protect the information on their USB flash drive with each of these strategies.
Password protection for the custom USB seems to be the most common security strategy, as well as the most well-known. People figure that if their password is complicated enough, no one will be able to guess it. Those in favor of password protection for securing their custom USB drives are quick to point out that password protection has not only been successfully used in protecting information on USB flash drives, but also on websites, bank accounts, and in many other places. One thing that may not be clear to those users is that their data is still sitting on their stick and accessible by the more creative hacker. On the other hand AES encryption will actually scramble the data rendering it completely useless without the password being used to “de-scramble” this data.

Many people are aware of the simple password applications that often come with promotional usb sticks but not many may realise that for true security you need Hardware Encryption USB such as the Integral Crypto Drive. These flash drives have AES256 encryption actually built into the hardware of the device meaning that all the processing required for encrypting and decrypting the contents happens on the flash drive and not in the host PC, further improving data security. And for promotional uses it is even possible to have encrypted custom shape usb drives for the truly security conscious brand!

The government often employs AES encryption. For this reason many consider it to be the best. Currently, nobody has been able to crack AES encryption, although many experts say that it is possible. This type of security measure is used to secure online financial transactions. It secures credit card and contact information of millions of customers who participate in digital payments. Proponents for AES encryption are confident that this method is the best for protecting their custom flash drives.

Still, it is possible that the AES encryption could one day be cracked. At that time tons of important information will be in the hands of the hacker. However, it is also possible that a password could be figured out. In fact, there are software programs devised for that very purpose. For the moment, it would seem that the AES encryption is the most secure for USB flash drives, only because the code has yet to be cracked. It is highly unlikely that the one who finds someone’s lost USB flash drive will suddenly be able to decode AES encryption. Those who reason that what is secure to banks and governments is good enough to secure them have a strong backing for their logic.