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Protect Pen Drive from Viruses and Other Users' Unwanted Access

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Pen drives are the most common storage media used to share data. Plugging your pen-drive to any system increases the threat of intrusion by viruses. Though many of you will suggest for antivirus yet it needs a regular update, moreover there are certain viruses which are not encountered by antivirus.

Frequently formatting a storage media causes aging; in other words its life decreases and eventually the media gets corrupt and remains of no use. A better option is to deploy security, which checks that only the administrator can access the pen-drive, thus decreasing the chances of virus threats.

At times you might be storing some confidential and/ or personal data in pen-drive, which you don’t want others to access. In such case, applying security check will help them to keep their pen-drives and data secured. Only limited accounts will have the authority to use the pen drive and the data will not be accessed by unwanted users.

It is a simple task to deploy security; but before applying security, one must format the pen drive using NTFS file system.

Steps to format using NTFS:

  1. Log on to Windows with administrator account.
  2. Right-click the storage media drive that is to be formatted.

  3. From the context menu, click the Format option.

  4. On the displayed dialog box, from the File System drop-down list, select the NTFS option.
  5. On the displayed warning message, click OK to provide the consent.

  6. Wait till the media gets formatted.
  7. Once done, click OK to continue.

  8. Close the opened dialog box.

  9. Your pen drive now uses NTFS file system.


  • After formatting your pen drive using NTFS, you can now apply permission to it.

    Steps for applying permission:

    1. Right-click on the storage media drive and click Properties.

    2. On the properties box, go to the Security tab.

    3. Click the Edit button.

    4. On the dialog box, click to select the user from the list.
    5. Once selected, check the desired checkboxes from the list below to set permissions for the user on the media.

    6. You can also add any other user by clicking Add button.
    7. You can also add or remove user accounts to add or remove permission on a user or group by click Add or Remove buttons respectively.
    8. Click OK on all the opened boxes and windows when done.


  • Your pen drive is now secured. Before giving access, the pen drive will ask for valid authentication.
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