Portable Data Security
Whether you are in college or high school, from time to time you’ll be required to submit written projects, such as thesis, English literature assignments, and various research papers, the list goes on and on. Naturally, the best place to begin would be your college’s or high school’s computer room, where you can conduct research and write about your assignment during school hours, which also enables you to collaborate with fellow students.
However, students are also required to research from home. Typically, you would need a medium to transfer your entire project from your school’s computer to your home computer. For this, most students utilize USB storage devices, which are also popularly known as Flash Drives.
Flash drives are small and have the capacity to carry a lot of data, their storage capacity can range anywhere from 256 megabytes to 64 Gigabytes, enabling students to easily store any type of assignments on flash drives. Sadly, one of the biggest advantages of flash drives is also one of their biggest drawbacks, and that is their size. Smaller size means you can conveniently place it in your pocket and it enables you to store plenty of data, however, as it is true with all things small, they have a tendency to become misplaced.
To make matters worse, losing your USB device in school can sometimes lead to plagiarism of your work, by other students. For example: You have been working on your English project since last week, you just have a few more words to add, and then you’ll be done. So, you decide to complete the rest of the project at home, therefore, you transfer your English project to your personal USB device. However, on your out, you forget to remove your USB device, leaving it inserted into the USB slot.
One of your classmates, who hasn’t even begun on his project sees an opportunity to copy and take credit for your work, so he accesses your English project from your USB device and quickly adds some final words, then submits it to the English professor, taking credit for all the work. The next morning you go back to the computer room and your USB device is found plugged into the USB slot. Relieved and grateful you found your device, you add your final words to the paper and submit the project to your English professor.
Two days later, the professor informs you that you have cheated on your paper by copying most of the work of your class-mate, you try to prove them wrong, however, since your class-mate was the first to submit the project, his claim was found more credible than yours, as a result, you fail the course.
Although USB storage devices can have negative consequences, if they fall into the wrong hands, students can ensure that no one is able to copy their work, by protecting their USB storage devices with USB security software such as USB Secure, which enables students to lock any portable storage device with password protection, transforming an unsecured USB into a Secure USB.
Students cannot simply depend on hard-work, dedication, and determination towards achieving the perfect GPA; they also need to be vigilant in securing their school work from cheaters, otherwise, their scholastic dream can easily turn into a nightmare.
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