Create A Protected Partition on Your Flash Drive

Last Updated Dec 12, 2008 12:25 PM EST

rohos-mini.jpgHere's the problem with USB flash drives: when one goes missing, so does its data. And if it's sensitive company data, big problem. Rohos Mini Drive (Windows) creates hidden, encrypted, password-protected partitions on flash drives, thereby making a lost drive an inconvenience instead of a crisis.

Here's how it works: Insert your drive, run the software, choose a password, and create your protected partition. The next time you insert the drive, you won't even see the hidden partition (because it's hidden, natch). To reveal it, right-click the Rohos icon in the System Tray. If you're working on a different machine, just run the Rohos app that's on the drive's visible partition, then enter your password.

Couldn't be simpler than that, could it? The program employs AES 256-bit encryption and includes a virtual keyboard to protect against keylogger password detection. My only complaint with Rohos Mini Drive is that it limits encrypted partition sizes to 1GB. But it's free, so I can complain only so much. [via Download Squad]

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