The Condom USB: Protecting Your Flash Drive From Harm

The Condom USB: Protecting Your Flash Drive From Harm

Range Govindan
Jan 7, 2009

USB flash drives are becoming an essential part of living in our modern times. I can't remember the number of times that I've used mine. They are also getting bigger and bigger, meaning that they are more convenient to store all of your essential data when you are on the go. You might not know this, but using flash drives in internet cafés is the easiest way of catching viruses. I've personally caught one last year in Thailand that just didn't want to be expunged, no matter what I tried. My wife ended up infecting the computer system at her work, so I thought that this little device might be a great way to safe keep your data.

The Condom USB is a little extra peripheral that can be plugged onto any USB device. It will act as a stopgap measure to ensure the safety of your device and data. As soon as the Condom USB detects a virus, the built-in software shuts off USB access, verifies the problem, and removes the nasty bug. It will then reopen access to your computer. This device was designed by Ko Yang and would be useful for most users. You can imagine this being like a little firewall for your USB drive, protecting it while you are using it.

USB hard drives are especially vulnerable to viruses, even more so when they are plugged into a lot of different computers. However, if you are really worried about your flash drive, you can always purchase one that has already the anti-virus capabilities built-in, like the LG Vaccine. There are other types of protected flash drives that are available. They have the added feature of using extra hardware components to ensure safety, instead of just software. Otherwise, you could always just load up a dedicated anti-virus software onto your flash drive, like Avast's U3. [via Yanko Design]

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