Encrypt USB Flash Drive on Mac and Windows
This article explains how to encrypt data which can be decrypted on both a Mac and Windows computer.
Microsoft Windows accounts for nearly 80% of desktop computers, with Apple OS accounting for about 18% of the market share; (as of Q3, 2021) with this in mind, it is very common for users to want encrypted data to be shared on both Mac and Windows computers. For example, at work, Microsoft Windows is used, while at home, the employee uses a Mac computer. It is not easy to share encrypted data between these two operating systems. There is no installed solution from Microsoft or Apple that provides cross-platform encryption and decryption.
There are two options for those who want to decrypt files on both a Microsoft Windows and an Apple Mac computer.
Individual users can purchase software that encrypts and decrypts software for both Mac and Windows computers as one solution.
The other solution is buying a physical drive which supports decryption on either operating system.
The second option is better suited to a business. This is true because the employee or individual is not required to purchase software.
This article explains how to encrypt data which can be decrypted on both a Mac and Windows computer by using a specific USB flash drive.
The only known solution that has the following three characteristics in a product by Nexcopy. This is a company which provides feature rich flash drive duplicator solutions, but also provides advanced functions to flash drive, such as cross-platform encryption.
This is how the Nexcopy USB flash drive encryption solution works:
- PC based software is used to encrypt the data
- Included with the encrypted data are two software utilities loaded onto the flash drive
- The utilities run from the flash drive and decrypt the data when the correct password is entered
- The applications do not require installation, they run directly from the flash drive
- The PCViewer.exe is the Windows based utility – no admin rights required
- The MacViewer.app is the mac based utility – no admin rights required
- By launching the correct utility and entering correct password the files will be decrypted and displayed on the associated operating system
Please keep in mind there is a difference between the term “encryption” and the term “copy protection.” There is a difference.
The process of encoding information is known as encryption. This process converts the original representation of the information, for example, plaintext, into ciphertext. Only the authorized party who knows how to decipher the ciphertext back into plaintext can reorganize and piece it back together. The important thing to remember is that once the decipher is complete, the user can do whatever they want with the plaintext. That content can be copied, duplicated, shared, streamed, and screen captured by the user.
Copy protection includes the process of encoding; however, it adds an additional layer of security by prohibiting the user from doing anything other than viewing the content, such as copying, duplicating, sharing, streaming, and screen capture. To put it another way, the files can only be viewed and not modified.
Encryption is a valuable technology in situations where the content owner trusts the person with the password; however, security is required in the event that the USB flash drive is dropped, stolen, or misplaced. By encrypting the content, unauthorized users are prevented from accessing it.
Copy protection is a valuable technology for protecting content while allowing multiple users to view it. For example, a teacher may have valuable lessons that they want all students to see, but they do not want the lessons saved or shared with other classes. This is an excellent application for copy protection.
The company offers USB duplicator solutions for mass production of USB encrypted flash drives. Nexcopy also offers large-scale USB duplicators for copy-protected flash drives. So, depending on the individual or company’s needs, there is a solution for those who require encryption for both Windows and Mac computers.