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Where can I find a good USB stick encryptor and locker?

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    Where can I find a good USB stick encryptor and locker?


    Any Ideas. Most of what I looked at doesn't work!
    Thanks for your help BTW!

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    Hello Clive,

    If you like, you could use the included BitLocker To Go feature in Windows 8 to encrypt your USB flash drive. For better encryption strength, you could set it to use AES 256-bit in step 1 instead of the default AES 128-bit.

    BitLocker - Turn On for Removable Data Drives in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks Shawn. Will the USB stick work on windows 7 and 8 and even Xp?
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    Yes, it sure will if the USB flash drive is formatted as FAT32, and not NTFS.

    When you connect it, you'll be prompted to enter your BitLocker password before it will be unlocked as usual.
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    Just found that I don't have bitlocker on this version of Windows 8. I'll have a look at the windows 7 versions!
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    Sorry to hear that.

    In Windows 7, BitLocker To Go will only be available in the Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise editions.

    If all else fails, the free program TrueCrypt is a good option to use as well.
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    True crypt is what I would recommend too. Boxcryptor is good to.
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    Just booted old Windows 8Pro and I have it on there. But, will it work on the others that have no bitlocker on?
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    Yes it works on all computers excellent! Thanks Shawn and pparks!
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    Yep, a removable data drive (ex: USB flash drive) encrypted by BitLocker To Go is self contained.

    It can be used on any PC if formatted as FAT32.

    If formatted as NTFS, then it will only be able to be used on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, or Windows 8.
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