How to Encrypt and Password Protect Any Portable USB Drive on Mac OS Sierra

Do you use portable storage devices such as USB flash drives also known as pen drives or memory sticks?

I use them all the time because they are so easy to carry around and they make life easy for me when I need to move files from one computer (my Mac) to another (my MacBook Pro). They are even handy to use as a temporary storage location for a quick backup of some important data from my computer.

However, one of my concerns about these portable USB drives is how small they are. This makes it easy for them to be misplaced, lost or even stolen.

Obviously the actual device can be replaced, but the big concern is if the it fell into the wrong hands and how simple it is for an unauthorised person to access all my data and files by simply plugging the USB drive into a computer.

So how can you protect your files on your USB drives, pen drives and memory sticks for free with Mac OS Sierra?

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How To Format Your External Hard Drive or USB Flash Drive for Mac OS To Run iPhoto, Aperture or Time Machine

If you’re a Mac user using an external hard drive or USB flash drive to store files from iPhoto, Aperture or Time Machine, I highly recommend you format your hard drive to the Max OS Extended file system before using it.  This will give you better performance when using these applications and avoid potential data loss.

So What’s Wrong With My Current File Format?

Most external hard drives are formatted to the FAT32 file system by the manufacturer. This is a Windows file format.  Manufacturers use it because it’s compatible with Mac operating systems.  But it has limitations…

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Save Money or Make Money, One Will Make You Richer, The Other Will Leave Your Poorer

Are you a saver? Someone who is always hunting for bargains, trying to save those extra pennies on every purchase and keeping the money you have in low interest saving accounts because it gives you that feeling of safety and security?

Or do you spend your time trying to make more money and put the money you have in investments that have an element of risk, but could potentially start generating you an additional income?

This is a topic close to my heart, so let me start by giving you my opinion.

 

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How To Find Free Time In Your Day To Pursue Your Goals

As we go through our daily lives have you ever noticed what we actually do with our time? You know the 24 hours each and every one of us has each day.

We all have the same amount of time, yet some of us enjoy every moment, while others are running around like headless chickens trying to get everything that needs doing done!

I’m sure we’ve all used phrases like “I just have so much to do”, “if only there were more hours in the day” and my personal favourite “I could do with a holiday”.

There’s nothing wrong with every now and again feeling a little overwhelmed, but if you find yourself running around like a headless chicken, its time to stop, take a deep breath and figure out what you’re actually doing with your time and whether you’re the right person to do each task.

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Good Things Come To Those Who Share Information Freely

Sharing is natural and good things come to those who share.

It’s karma, well I think so anyway and hopefully you will too by the end of this blog post.

So if sharing is natural, then why do we all freeze up when it come to sharing information, especially online?
And why don’t we share what we know more freely?

These are questions that cross my mind every once and a while and yesterday was one of those days.

Yesterday, Apple released their new iPad Pro and I had already decided I was going to buy one, so imagine my surprise and excitement when my good friend Rob from RobCubbon.com gets me one as a gift.

Thanks Rob!!!

I’d like to think he gave me this gift for being an amazing friend, but that’s only part of it, the rest is probably to thank me for sharing my opinion over dinner about investing.

Anyway, this is what karma is all about.  You give your information freely (often times it’s really just your opinion or your perspective on certain topics) and in return the universe balances things out and often you’ll get a lot back in return, it could be money, maybe just heart felt gratitude but in this case a brand spanking new iPad Pro. Continue reading “Good Things Come To Those Who Share Information Freely”