Risks associated with USB drives...

This article by John Zyskowski in Federal Computing Weekly is pretty old (2006), but it is even more relevant, as USB drives and USB thumbdrives continue to grow in popularity and in size. The article describes a number of the risks associated with loss of data:

  • data stored on USB drives/thumb drives that get stolen or lost
  • data stolen from desktops using the storage capability of thumb drives
One issue that was hinted at, but not really discussed was the risks associated with viruses, trojans and other malware that can be transferred to a computer when you insert a USB device.


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