Almost 19 years back from today, Toshiba invented the memory. The name ‘flash’ was derived from the way by which memory was erased redolent of the camera i.e. “Flash”. It was just the flash memory that was invented by Toshiba; the first USB drive was introduced by Intel in1988. When these two drives (Flash drive and USB drives) were merged to form a device, USB flash drive was invented. In early 2000, Trek Corporation was the first one to launch a proper USB flash drive in the market. The first USB flash drive that was available in the market had the capacity to store only 8MB of data. Latter, IBM captured the North American market introducing this amazing drive there. The USB flash drive has become much more capable and powerful since its evolution. Like every invention, it takes ages to make it perfect, similarly, USB jump drives have passed through several stages, and the drive we use today are almost 3000 times more competent than the first USB flash drive. USB flash drive had the capability to store much more than a standard CD (Compact Disk), it was easy to carry. The USB flash drives were and are as small as the size of human thumb. That is why, this amazing portable data storing device has several names such as; thumb drive, flash drive, jump drive and some others.
USB flash drive has easily become the ruler of the market of the portable data storing devices, but, still, these drives are the perfect ones. If you study the result of the surveys conducted to know the trends of data breach, you would probably found that this small data storing device is on the top of the list that leaks data. Other than that, these USB memory sticks are the ones that are to be blamed for spreading viruses. Studies have suggested that more than quarter of the malware is being spread through these portable data storing devices. USB flash drive has also given employees, and other workers to steal data easier than ever before. The employees are allowed to bring their devices to work according to the new principle BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), this principle is adopted by the companies to increase the output of the employees. Other than that, employees want to take their data home so that they can complete their task at home. This can boost their performance and can bring bigger opportunities for them ahead. Among these kind of employees, there are also some workers who do not have the same intentions and they take data to sell it to some other competitor or organization.
The biggest threat is imposed to the data by USB flash drive is due to its small size. These drives are tough to take care of and are very much prone to getting lost or stolen. The majority of the user of these drives does not pay serious attention towards its security and keep the thumb drive unsecure. The users can make their data that is saved in the USB flash drive secure by using security software that cans Secure USB. Even if you misplace or lose your portable drive, your data will remain inaccessible for any crook.
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