Free Software to Block or Restrict USB Access in Windows

The latest craze in computer storage, the thumb-sized USB drive, is so convenient and small that it’s become a fashionable accessory. The drives come on key fobs and in such novelty designs as Lego bricks or sushi. But to Computer security experts this fashion trend is a disaster in the making.

USB drives are reusable memory storage devices no more than a few inches long that plug into a computer’s USB port and are commonly referred to as flash drives or memory sticks. They’ve gotten so small and cheap and can store so much data — up to 20 gigabytes for some models — they’re literally everywhere. And that’s the problem, according to security experts. The more ubiquitous they’ve become, the greater the chances they’ll get lost or stolen or be used to spread malicious programs.

Free Software to Block or Restrict USB Access in Windows1

Their fears aren’t unfounded. USB storage devices have gotten so popular, cyber criminals are starting to write viruses and worms that specifically target them, says Brett Scudder, owner at The IT Security Suite Network, a New York City computer security consultant. That’s dangerous, according to Scudder, because if someone plugs an infected USB drive into their home computer they could inadvertently upload the bug and potentially cripple the machine. “And if they connect to their office network the worm can upload and replicate itself on the network,” he says.

Malware isn’t the only problem. USB drives are so small they’re easy to lose. In 2008, for example, British dry cleaners found an estimated 9,000 forgotten USB memory sticks in people’s pants pockets, according to a recent survey from Credant Technologies, a Texas data security company. In a separate survey, Credant found that more than 12,500 handheld devices, including USB drives, get left behind in taxi cabs in London and New York every six months.

If a lost or stolen USB drive contains sensitive personal information that’s not encrypted or secure — and a lot of data on USB devices isn’t, according to security experts — it opens the door for identity theft and other types of cyber crime.

Protecting your data doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money. In many cases, all it takes is some good old-fashioned common sense.  After applying this fix on your computer, users will not be able to use USB drives. Windows will not detect it.

After applying this fix on your computer, users will not be able to use USB drives. Windows will not detect it.

How To Use the Software to Block or Restrict USB Access:

Software to Block or Restrict USB Access On Windows XP:

  • Extract the software to any location on your computer.
  • Simply Double click on the Software and this will work.

Software to Block or Restrict USB Access On Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

  • Extract the software to any location on your computer.
  • Right Click on the Application and Choose Run As Administrator (Refer the Screen Shot)

Free Software to Block or Restrict USB Access in Windows

Options:

Free Software to Block or Restrict USB Access in Windows1

  1. 1. You can block all USB Access to the System.
  2. 2. You can Unblock USB Devices that was previously Locked by using this software.
  3. 3. Restrict Access (Provide only Read Access to the USB Devices), In this case please make sure the USB Deice is not blocked already.
  4. 4. Provide Full Access to the USB Devices, In this case please make sure the USB Deice is not blocked already.

Download Location for Software to Block or Restrict USB Access

Download bench3 USB Administration V2 (USB Block / Restrict Software)

This tiny little software was developed by me for making my job simple in TANFAC Industries Limited.

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