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esm
26th January 2009, 01:11 PM
Hi everyone,
I have a USB drive that I like to use for both my mac at home and windows PC at work.
is there a way to sync data between my Mac and the thumb drive? So any edits I do at my workplace can easily sync'd to my PC at home.

Mobile Me and iDisk is not an option right now since it is not a lot of data that I am talking about but maybe there is an existing software or a simple solution that I am not aware of.

Since some data is confidential, I'd like to put a password protection on the drive. How do I do that? Especially that thumb drives are so small these days... I'd hate to be a victim of identity theft among other things...

jubilantjeremy
26th January 2009, 01:23 PM
Perhaps look at something like Dropbox.

Dropbox - Home - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy. (http://getdropbox.com)

Other than that, I'm sure you could make an Automator or shell script to sync the required files to your USB drive.
You can also use Disk Utility to create an encrypted .dmg (128-bit AES) which you can put on your flashdrive, but windows machines probably can't read it.

Most password-protected flash drives only work using Windows software, I think. You could get one with a lanyard and wear it around your neck, or on your keys, to minimise the possibility of losing it.

esm
26th January 2009, 01:50 PM
thanks for the reply. will look into it. :)

is drop box free? can't find a pricing in their website... although I did not try to register.

eventually I will put it with my keys. :)

jubilantjeremy
26th January 2009, 02:18 PM
thanks for the reply. will look into it. :)

is drop box free? can't find a pricing in their website... although I did not try to register.

eventually I will put it with my keys. :)

It is free. :)
You may only get 2Gb.

Jeremy

mattydee
26th January 2009, 02:46 PM
i use dropbox all the time - it is really handy.

to ensure your security you could create an encrypted file using truecrypt and place it into the drop box

truecrypt is free and open source and works on windows and mac - TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux (http://www.truecrypt.org)
as above, dropbox is free for 2GB and works on mac and windows - Dropbox - Home - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy. (http://www.getdropbox.com/)

if you need an invite for dropbox i am more than happy to fire one off to you

also - dropbox does a time-machine like backup of the data - you can go back to any revision

EDIT - i found dropbox has an advanced explanation about this exact thing - TipsAndTricks/IncreasePrivacyAndSafety - Dropbox Wiki (http://wiki.getdropbox.com/TipsAndTricks/IncreasePrivacyAndSafety)

ZacDavies
26th January 2009, 10:24 PM
Dropbox is now open beta - no need for invites any longer!

Great for sharing files with clients

I believe you have the option of buying more online space