Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research


USB encryption is an effective method for securing data. Current available solutions are limited to host-side, drive-side, and neither-side encryption. Host-side encryption must be downloaded on every host, and drive-side encryption is expensive. Current neither-side implementations either provide weak protection or provide it at the cost of unneeded multi-step processes. For USB encryption to be portable, inexpensive, and secure, it must have a straightforward locking mechanism, be able to encrypt any drive, and be distinguishable from the encryption of every other drive. The solution proposed here adds an identifiable aspect to each drive that is encrypted, isolates the encryption from the host and the drive, and adds an on-board locking mechanism.

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