Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 07-19-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Switzerland
Distribution: Ubuntu 8.10
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Secure USB flash drive recommendations?

Hi there,

I am looking for a secure USB stick (flash drive), which allows me to securely transport from Linux (Ubuntu/SUSE present releases) to Windows XP/Vista or MacOS X platforms and visa versa. Typically my situation when I should give a talk, getting to the presentation laptop, plugin my USB stick and start the presentation without any hassles.

So, up to my knowledge TrueCrypt and other software in that field are not suitable for my situation, due to the fact that they need admin passwords, or even TrueCrypt installed on the particular platform. This is normally out of scope in these situations.

So, I tried to google for a secure USB stick fitting my needs and found at best a review in Computerworld:
However, the article is now older than year, so I would like to ask, if someone wants to share his/her "every day experiences" on Linux/Ubuntu especially with:

* The Imation Pivot Plus Flash Drive
* The IronKey Secure Flash Drive

or any other secure USB stick?

I suppose that MacOS X and Windows XP/Vista compatibility are not a problem.

Thanks in advance,
Old 07-20-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: NJ, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Debian
Posts: 5,852

Rep: Reputation: 360Reputation: 360Reputation: 360Reputation: 360
I think you are asking for the impossible here, at least as far as I am aware.

You are talking about an encrypted volume that can be read on any operating system, without installing any additional software or doing any setup beyond plugging it in.

Any encrypted filesystem is going to need some sort of software to be installed and configured on the host operating system. Anything that doesn't is probably some silly little trick like hiding the partition until you enter in a password on some app that lives on the stick.

You could do a loop-back encrypted filesystem on the flash drive which would work out of the box on Linux and Mac OS, but obviously not Windows. Alternately, any of the "secure" flash drives will require some Windows software to either be installed, or at least run from the drive itself. The IronKey, for example, is completely dependent on it's XP/Vista software, and won't do anything on any other OS (though they say a Linux/Mac client is in the works).


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
USB Flash Drive, write protect, and flash file system questions storkus Linux - Hardware 4 12-01-2008 04:32 AM
Secure Boot from USB drive prodonice Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 10-31-2008 01:00 AM
fedora 7: autofs is not mounting USB flash drive or DVD ROM drive Hewson Linux - General 3 05-12-2008 08:58 AM
LXer: EDGE Tech Corp Announces Portable Flash Drive With Muscle - the New 8GB DiskGO!(TM) Now Available; Swap and Go With This Secure Thumb-Sized Flash Drive LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 12-14-2005 02:16 AM
Secure USB Pen drive R@LF Linux - Security 7 08-05-2003 07:21 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:05 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration