I’ve lost my flashdrive! And if an honest person found it I can use this script to send them a message and contact info!
I recently lost my 16 gig flash drive during my travels and have yet to find it. For all I know some random person picked it up and decided, ‘Sweet! Free flashdrive!’. Now, although this is a bummer for me, I now have a new drive and need some sort of security feature and way to claim it as my own. Luckily, the good people of ‘Daily Cup of Tech’ came up with a solution.
First they thought of just sticking a text file on the drive that says ‘Help.txt’ or ‘ImLost.txt’ but whose to say that the founder will read that? Using an AutoIT script, the creator made an auto run file that the user can click on. The Icon displays ‘Help! I’m Lost!’ and when it’s clicked on, it displays a message of your choice- whether that is your address or a reward for returning the drive, etc. If you right click on the drive in My Computer, the same thing shows up.
Because of the high interest in this code, there is now a downloadable .zip file with all you need to get started. Simply download the zip file, extract the files to the root of your flashdrive, and change the readme.txt to say whatever you want. Now, when you plug in your drive, it’ll be named ‘Help! I’m Lost!’ and have several files that can pop up and state the same thing. No matter how curious the person who found the drive is, they’ll want to know what the .txt has to say.
But what if you lost your USB drive and there was sensitive data on it? I have a tip on securing your drive as well.
Now the problem I find with my flash drives that I have on hand is none of them have any sort of security features. Sure, I could shell out lots of cash for an encrypted super drive, but why do that when I could encrypt mine for free? Enter TrueCrypt. If you haven’t played with truecrypt before, I explained how to encrypt your entire harddrive on an episode of Hak5. Those same steps can be used to encrypt a partition or a volume, even a flash drive. Encrypting your documents and important data inside a drive won’t keep people from stealing it or yourself from losing it, but at least then your data can’t be accessed without the proper password.
Ok, so I want to hear your feedback. How do you protect your flashdrive? Let me know what you think or what program you use by emailing me — firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a note in the comments below.
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