Password protecting your data is one of the important feature considering security of your data. This data is more exposed to threats if it is in portable drive such as external hard drive or USB flash drive. In order to protect your data on portable devices, the best way is to password protect them.
Microsoft has provided a built-in feature in Windows 8 to password protect your drives. This feature is known as Bit-Locker and is also available in previous versions such as Windows 7. The Bit-Locker is an encryption tool that encrypts your data on portable drives or even your fixed drives and password protects them. So in order to access this encrypted drive, you need to provide the correct password.
Note that the device protected with Bit-Locker will be accessible from the computers having those operating systems which support Bit-Locker encryption. So even if you password protect your USB drive at your personal computer and take it somewhere else you will still be asked for the password if you are using it on other computer.
To password protect your USB with Bit-Locker in Windows 8, open Bit-Locker with any of the following ways:
- Search Bit-Locker in Start Menu
- Go to Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption
- Right Click on the drive and Choose, Bit-Locker
From your control panel you can choose a specific drive to enable Bit-Locker, there Bit-Locker will ask you how do you want to secure the drive. Simply choose password protection and enter your desired password.
Bit-Locker will now encrypt the contents of your drive and will take some time depending upon the size and speed of your drive. Once the encryption is complete, your device is password-protected. You can check this by unplugging the device and plug it into some other computer, you will see that a password will be asked before opening the device.
This method is a pure secured method, and once the encryption is enabled, nobody can even view the contents of the drive.