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Thumb Drives: Data EDC?

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by GhostMeat, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. GhostMeat

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    I've never EDC'd a thumb drive, but I recently picked one up from a recent killer deal at BestBuy. Of course, you always see people with them on their key chains or pouches. Just curious what data you might keep on that USB stick.

    Obviously, people probably shouldn't be keeping very sensitive information on there, but how about:
    • A text file with emergency contact numbers in case you're down on your luck and someone finds you.
    • Work files in case you're going to a no-Dropbox environment.
    • Maps? I dunno.
     
  2. Jean

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    The Katrina blog, the place with no name has a good list.
     
  3. WillAdams

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    I keep:

    - install files for apps I'm likely to want to install on a new machine
    - a few reference ebooks
    - an undelete utility which can be run locally off the thumb drive
    - an assortment of the current projects from home / work

    I've been meaning to add a Live Linux install but haven't found time to do so yet.
     
  4. Dirty Rod

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    I used to keep emergency contacts, DR plans for work, and encrypted password vault, and other stuff on one but that's all on my iPhone now so not anymore.
     
  5. Blackheart
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    How about having a backup of your phone on a thumb drive?

    Just a thought...
     
  6. Dirty Rod

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    My phone gets backed up to my PC at home and some elements to a server at work. As a 30 year IT guy, I've definitely got backups covered.

    Even still, I probably wouldn't back up my phone to a device I'm carrying. If you get mugged, fall into a pool, etc you lose both your primary and backup copy.
     
  7. GhostMeat

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    One of you just gave me an idea...a TOR browser. I'll try it out. Who knows. :)


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    This is an interesting enough topic (at least to me) to break off into another thread.
     
  9. ArkansasFan30

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    I keep two with one being more disposable. Both have Damb Small Linux and a variety of encrypted reference materials. One has scans aof/and important documents. The latter also has a lot of my work files backed up. I keep a separate, third, available with Knoppix which I'm still learning (along with Kali).
     
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  10. The Sixth Beatle

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    I have one with scans of my families' passports & driving licenses along with insurance policies and a few other bits. All of them are encrypted with pgp.
    It also has linux & windows portable versions of pgp - no point having this stuff if you can't decrypt it is there ?
    All my personal data, docs, photos, music etc is backed up to Dropbox and icloud.
     
  11. Bird_Dog

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    I get a ton of use out of mine, mostly transferring documents between machines. I keep a password vault on mine with partial passwords. As well as some manuals that I use on a semi-regular basis. With all that it's probably used two to three times a week.
     
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    I honestly don't see the use. I was brought up with no cell phones and all that tech. I had an 8 bit Nintendo. Why do people like it so much. I get it, it's convenient, but I miss the old days when we went to the video store to rent a movie. Or when you had to interact with people to get something done...

    You know what? I don't...
     
  13. callforfire
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    I EDC a few that have both USB connectors on them primarily used for file sharing between phones. Particularly useful when its a larger file like a vid, or I just don't want to give out my number or email. I do have one with a backup of important stuff, mostly pics, but moving files makes up the majority of use.
     
  14. Westerdutch

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    I carry loads of drives on me! I usually have with me;
    -One personal drive - holiday pictures to show to people who are interested in em, various documents and manuals i might need and an encrypted section with more private things (scans of drivers licence/passport and some insurance and banking stuff)
    -One multi-boot drive for repairing and reinstalling computers or to just boot from when i want some more privacy on a system i dont fully trust.
    -One empty drive for non-important things, like bringing a copy of a movie to go watch at some friends place or if someone needs to borrow a drive. This one can be emptied at any given time.
    -One drive with my comics collection! Comics are kinda large so i dont want to store em all on my phone, but i do want to be able to grab some new stuff 'on the road' once i finish the ones on my phone.
    -One drive with software for media editing (audio/video/pics), 3D modeling software and various arduino crap.

    How do you carry all those i hear you ask? Well even compact drives get bulky if you carry enough of em, so here's my super compact solution;

    [​IMG]

    The tiny kingston card reader is one that get bundled with kingston cards (or you can buy em separately in china for cheaps) and the dimecard below it securely holds 8 microsd cards. I keep both in my wallet so thats basically 8 USB drives i always have on me without really noticing! Boots fine, doesn't need any fancy drivers to load as external drive and speed is decent enough to play movies tho copying stuff to and from isnt lightning fast but its something i can totally live with!
     
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    You could either get Tails or download a small ubuntu flavor distro (LXLE) and install a virtual setup to run Whonix. Tails would be easier...

    I use to carry Puppy or Cub linux (Chrome OS) on a thumb drive but not so much now.

    Typed by my butler Jenkins on tapatalk
     
  16. severdhed

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    working in the I.T. field, i find myself carrying multiple flash drives with me every day.

    1. multi-boot drive with windows 7 installer, ubuntu, and hiren's boot disc, and nt password reset for resetting forgotten windows passwords
    2. windows 10 install drive
    3. 64GB with various utilites/programs, disc images of various software and to back up people's data
    4. 16gb, just for temporary transfers, this one is kept empty and i wouldn't be too upset if it was misplaced
    5. 64gb that contains full rom sets and emulators for various retro consoles...just in case
    6. Three 128gb drives that contain proprietary software for a specific client of mine. i only use them monthly to do updates at one client, but i'm afraid if I dont carry them, i'll forget them when i need them.

    i have keyrings on all of them and keep them on a carabiner in my pocket, along with a usb wifi adapter, just in case. they are bulky and rattle around, i'd love to come up with a better system. i could probably eliminate a few , but i'd still end up carrying several, so i figured why bother?

    that dimecard thing seems like it might be a great alternative.
     
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    I don't really need a flash drive since I'm out of school and have a 64GB phone. Enough for many hours of video, some books and comics, plenty of music, etc. At school I'd use my flash drive mostly for PortableApps and Hiren's Boot CD. The Kingston G2 (what Westerdutch posted) is nice and super tiny. I occasionally plugged it in backwards since it's half-sided USB so it'll go in either way but only connect the contacts on one side.
     
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    I carry several:
    - Freecom 16gb USB2 on a separate key ring that is used for sharing files with colleagues
    - Sandisk 128gb USB3 stores Photos library for my laptop
    - Sandisk 128gb USB3 stores movies & TV for watching when travelling
    - Orbitkey 8gb USB2 on main key ring, is currently blank but plan is to keep (encrypted) folder of key documents

    Also, not a thumb drive, strictly speaking:
    - Sandisk 128gb micro SD in a Baseqi adapter to hold my iTunes library
    [​IMG]
     
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    I carry a 64gb Gorilla drive. I chose this drive for its resilience. Should take a beating.


    Contains a live OS. And encrypted partitioning to run on that OS. The rest of the drive contains an emergency file with contacts and a little .txt file that says, "the money is buried in... - error file corrupted-"
    Just kidding on that last one. [​IMG]
     
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    pornography.






    actually I dont carry one daily on my keychain etc, though I have one for work that I take home on the weekends and then back to work on Monday.
     
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