Consider yourself lucky to be living in this time and age where you can check your email from your Smartphone, pay your credit card bills with your tablet computer while shopping for groceries or chat with loved ones half way across the globe with the help of video chatting software installed your laptop computer. Moreover, for once you can carry gigabytes of data in your pocket along with your house keys. If that isn’t revolutionary then I don’t know what is? You may take these technological marvels for granted but it took years of research to achieve such technological feats. However, man-made inventions are not always perfect and with new inventions come new problems. Though, this article will solely focus on benefits and pitfalls of portable data storage devices. The fact of the matter is that transportable hard drives have made storing large chunks of data a simple process, If you like many others utilize handy hard-drives or thumb drives for backing-up and transporting personal data, you’ll be well aware that moveable drives are the best devices which can let you do that. For those of you who think they are as old as the dinosaurs and are incapable of grasping such technical mumbo-jumbo, here is a simple way to put it: These external drives enable you to simply plug the external data storage drive into an empty USB slot on your PC which in turn lets you transfer or download data to and from your personal computer in a matter of seconds.
Though, being old is not always a bad thing, being old means that you are wiser and have more experience and it’s likely that you know the consequences of insecurely saving sensitive data on portable drives. Though, portable drives are handy little devices, they can end up becoming a big curse. As data stored on them can sometimes lead to data leaks, credit card fraud and identity theft. Still confused? Here is a detailed explanation of what can happen if end up losing your unsecured USB storage device: Since some devices are capable of storing several gigabytes of data, users often end up storing critical personal information such as documents that contain social security numbers, driver’s license numbers and their addresses. To make things worse, they don’t even realize the consequences they may face if such information falls into the wrong hands. However, for those who are well aware of the impact of data theft, they purchase portable drives that have built in data security. You may be thinking, what could be stronger than built integrated data security; no one will be able to steal my data now. Wrong, just because your portable drive has built in data fortification doesn’t mean it can’t be cracked; in fact, it may be really easy to crack for hackers according to studies. Therefore, according to experts, your safest bet is to install a third party data software, engineered to secure USB drives from data leaks and data theft.