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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