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I recently bought a portable hard drive that runs off the USB port to allow me to work back and forth from home and for keeping a back-up. I have a number of student files in an excel gradebook that includes their name and student number. I was wondering if anyone has experience with some of the security programs for portable hard drives, such as the "lockngo" program from Keynesis: http://www.keynesis.com/products/lockngo-pro/

I guess a "no cost" way would be to zip those folders and password protect them, but I am just looking at my options. Any additional suggestions?
 

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If you had those grades on paper, would you just carry that around with you and not encrypt it, or enter the grades in code? So why worry?

But since you are being ethical, you can look here (assuming windows):

http://www.tucows.com/downloads/Windows/Security/GeneralSecurity/FileEncryption/

There's about 20 freeware programs (you can sort by license type if that is all you are interested in.) Choose a top rated program and you will probably be happy with it. Personally, I would do a web search to see about experience with the programs, good or bad, before trusting to one.

good luck.
 

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PsyDoc said:
I recently bought a portable hard drive that runs off the USB port to allow me to work back and forth from home and for keeping a back-up. I have a number of student files in an excel gradebook that includes their name and student number. I was wondering if anyone has experience with some of the security programs for portable hard drives, such as the "lockngo" program from Keynesis: http://www.keynesis.com/products/lockngo-pro/

I guess a "no cost" way would be to zip those folders and password protect them, but I am just looking at my options. Any additional suggestions?
You can simply password the Excel file(s). Pretty good security.
 

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Thank you.

Thank you for the response and information. With the "fear" of identity theft, I just want to take extra-precautions. If the drive ever does go missing, then I want to know that I did take measures to secure those records.
 

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Yes...

Yes, your solution would make a lot of sense, but I have 70-75 files that I would need to password protect. And, I am just too lazy to password protect them individually, unless there is no other alternative.
 

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Not to go into details, but password protecting the files is relatively trivial to defeat. One reason for this is that the file name and type is easily seen.
 
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