Information on External Hard Drive Security

Tips on external hard drive security.

All computers need a hard drive to store all data such as Operating System, application, user information etc. These hard drives are called as internal hard drive and are connected to the system internally. In addition to that we can use external hard drives to store all types of information. It also acts as a back up device. There are several external hard drives available in the market which can store up to several GBs. These hard drives can be connected to the system with the help of USB cables. We can also install software into these external hard drives. Therefore we can save the space of our internal hard disk. File Transfer, backup storage, boot up devices and portability are some of the major benefits of external hard drive.

Different methods to protect an external hard disk from all types of security attacks are explained below:

  • Need for security measures

  • Password Protection

  • Other Security measures


Need for security measures


External hard disks are the devices used to store all types of data and can be used to as a backup. We can store information such as photos, documents, movies etc. If you store any sensitive information such as bank account numbers, business information etc on your computer, then you would need some kind of protection against identity theft. There are several security measures available to protect your external hard drive from these types of attacks.

Password Protection


You can protect all the sensitive and delicate information of your external hard disk using password protection. The first step in the password protection of your hard drive is by selecting an appropriate software package. There are several software programs available in the market which provide password protection to the hard drive. There are both free downloads and paid downloads. After selecting the software package connect the external hard disk with your system. Then download password protection software and follow onscreen instructions to install it on the hard drive.
Other Security measures

We can also protect our external hard disk using other security measures such as encryption techniques and biometric access technologies. Several encryption protection programs are available and most of them are freeware. We can download encryption protection tool directly from the website and can install it on the hard disk. These encryption tools will encrypt all the information stored on your computer. There are several other software which use biometric access technology which consist of a finger print sensor. Some hard drives are available with this feature.
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