Protecting Database Copy Stored on a Thumbdrive

Maybe not a DT question, but here goes: Since thumbdrives are so cheap, I’d like to start carrying a copy of my database on my thumbdrive, but I want to protect my information in case it is lost or stolen.

What is the best way to do this?


Probably create an encrypted, compressed disk image and copy your database into the image and copy the image over to the thumbdrive whenever you feel like it.

You can also check out IronKey. It is a hardened USB key which encrypts everything on it automatically, and will even destroy the contents if physically tampered with. It has some other features as well, but best to check out their website:

Thanks for your advice. I’ve just used the encrypted disk image. Iron Key looks very useful, but a little out of my budget.


You might want to try out TrueCrypt. It’s free and I’ve found it to be quite good. Basically you partition part of your thumb drive as secure and your DT db can reside there.