memory stick security

  vassos 17:58 11 Oct 2009

I am going to ask a very simple question to which there is a very simple answer, yes or no. Those of you who know far more than me or possibly know "everything", please bear with me. When I stick a memory stick into my USB socket, are the contents instantly recorded permanently on my PC's hard drive?? Thanks in advance.

  mfletch 18:08 11 Oct 2009

NO {if auto run is off}

Not until you move them your self

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:08 11 Oct 2009

to which there is a very simple answer, yes or no.

Unfortunately there is not a simple answer

If you plug in a drive the contents are NOT transferred to your hard drive.

Any files viewed by explorer the filenames will be recorded and can be seen later i.e. in the recent files list and history list.

  Jak_1 19:03 11 Oct 2009

Just run Ccleaner, that will clear recent files and history for you.

  vassos 19:13 11 Oct 2009

Tks guys. I THINK I'm a little happier!

  GaT7 19:19 11 Oct 2009

Use the free TrueCrypt click here if you need added security.

They also do a standalone version/installation that will run directly off the USB stick - i.e. it doesn't need to be installed on the host system. G

  vassos 19:32 11 Oct 2009

What if I use another pc?

  mfletch 19:37 11 Oct 2009

You could use something like 7zip and create a encrypted self extracting file pass word protected

click here

  GaT7 21:19 11 Oct 2009

"What if I use another pc?"

It's called Portable Mode.

click here & read the instructions in point 2. under 'How can I use TrueCrypt on a USB flash drive?'. G

  Covergirl 21:58 11 Oct 2009

. . . that you may be leaving personal data or correspondence on the computer?

If so, the answer to that is No, unless you unwittingly save an open file to the computers hard disk.

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