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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by ionbasa View Post
    A flash drive option would be neat, but unsecured at all. Theoretically anyone could distribute it....
    I suppose there is a way to lock it in...

    ~Lordbob

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  2. #12


    Yucaipa, California, USA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
    I suppose there is a way to lock it in...

    ~Lordbob
    It would be possible to put a SOC embedded in the flash drive and use AES encryption. The SOC would only allow access to perform a read only operation once the the flash drive is booted.
    So theoretically they could add custom firmware and a bootloader to the SOC and then allow access the to actual storage medium. The SOC firmware would disallow copy or read operations if not a "sandboxed" boot from the flash drive.

    ---Just an idea
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  3. #13


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    Why not make your own flash drive installation?
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    Why not make your own flash drive installation?
    You still have to make it yourself, and it would make MS look good by doing that.

    ~Lordbob
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by ionbasa View Post
    A flash drive option would be neat, but unsecured at all. Theoretically anyone could distribute it....
    Hi,

    Excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by unsecured? Surely a flashdrive is no less unsecured than a DVD? Or am I misunderstanding what you mean by unsecured?

    Regards,
    Golden
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden View Post
    Hi,

    Excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by unsecured? Surely a flashdrive is no less unsecured than a DVD? Or am I misunderstanding what you mean by unsecured?

    Regards,
    Golden
    Well with DVDs they can use a built in cypher to keep a copy protection lock on it, but with a flash drive that is not an option unless they implement copy protection using actual hardware, that being a System on a Chip which would act like a Hypervisor.
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  7. #17


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    Thanks Ionbasa. So its not possible to include a copy protection lock on a flashdrive? Whats so different about how information is written to a DVD as opposed to a flashdrive?
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  8. #18


    Yucaipa, California, USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ WMC x64


    Compact Disc and DVD copy protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Basically for disk media, encryption can be ensured if a company wanted to implement it.

    On a flash drive that is different because its Re-writable media and you could make and image of the flash drive and then redistribute it. The same way you would image a hdd for backup, you could image an flash drive. Then protection would have to be at the hardware level for flash drives using a "System on a Chip" and implementing it to act as an Hypervisor. In essence making the flash drive its own Virtual Machine with implemented copy protection.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Thanks ionbasa - I have some reading to do.
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  10. #20


    Yucaipa, California, USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ WMC x64


    Your welcome, For the most part it sounds complicated, but it isn't after some research
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