Question USB stick with hardware or software encryption?

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Block_shield

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May 9, 2021
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Is it better to buy USB stick with hardware encryption like Kingston IronKey series or is it better to buy some standard USB stick and put software encryption on it? It will serve as protection for some valuable files, but nothing too important. I am more interested in building vault rather than holding something valuable there :LOL: What encryption software to use? Anything cheaper than Kingston IronKey series?
 

Freki123

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Aug 10, 2013
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I used VeraCrypt but only for creating encrypted "volumes" and not whole disk encryption. What I like about them is they are free, around for years and had audits. Just make sure you don't lose/forget your password (and if used PIM or keyfile). Also if it's important data on it always have at least two USB stick with the same up to date data on it for redundancy.
 

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Is it better to buy USB stick with hardware encryption like Kingston IronKey series or is it better to buy some standard USB stick and put software encryption on it? It will serve as protection for some valuable files, but nothing too important. I am more interested in building vault rather than holding something valuable there :LOL: What encryption software to use? Anything cheaper than Kingston IronKey series?
Both hardware encryption USB sticks, like the Kingston IronKey series, and software encryption solutions can provide a certain level of protection for your valuable files. The choice between the two mainly depends on your specific needs and preferences.

Hardware encryption USB sticks tend to be more secure because the encryption and decryption processes are performed directly on the hardware chip within the USB stick itself. This makes it more difficult for potential hackers to access your data. The Kingston IronKey series, in particular, is known for its high level of security and durability.

On the other hand, software encryption solutions allow you to use any standard USB stick and apply encryption software to it. This option can be more cost-effective, especially if you already have a USB stick. There are several software encryption tools available, such as VeraCrypt, BitLocker, and TrueCrypt. These tools provide strong encryption algorithms and various features to help secure your files.

If you are prioritizing cost-effectiveness, using software encryption on a standard USB stick can be a good option. VeraCrypt, for example, is an open-source encryption software that is free to use and offers robust security features. It allows you to create encrypted containers or encrypt the entire USB drive.

Ultimately, it is important to assess the level of security you require and your budget before making a decision. If you want the highest level of security and are willing to invest in a dedicated hardware encryption USB stick, the Kingston IronKey series may be worth considering. However, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, using software encryption on a standard USB stick can still provide a reasonable level of protection.
 

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