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Computers are shipped with built in USB ports, handy they are to communicate with other device, as we all know USB port can be used with other negative intentions. USB ports can be enabled or disabled whereas some are interested to toggle read and write permissions on USB disk important to limit access. Experts can via Windows control panel and through Group Policy or registry modification achieve the same goal but others prefer simple and direct method. Here are soft that can help in this situation.
USB Manager: Freeware enable or disable USB device such as printers, scanners, audio, storage device and this from a single interface. Installation of the soft requires a small attention and this in order to uncheck options related to toolbars and to not install other soft unnecessary for USB Manager.
The soft minimize to Windows taskbar (notification area) and offers a right click menu to start working with. User can also choose the main program interface to achieve control, it is only matter of simple click to enable or disable USB device. Additionally user can set a password so that no other person can interfere.
- Enable\Disable USB ports by type of devices.
- Hiding in system.
- Password protect.
- Hot keys for quick using.
- No reboot required to apply policy.
The shareware version USB Manager Server-Client contains two modules:
- USB Manager Server: it is necessary install on a local computer, which would use for connection with remote computers.
- USB Manager Client: it is necessary install in remote computers.
Download the free version of USB Manager and pay attention during install for the reasons outlined above.
USB Disks Access Manager: Is small portable software and deals only with storage device to make users have the following control
- Read & Write Access to USB Disks:
- Read Only Access From USB Disk:
- Disable USB Disks Detection: If you simply want to ban the use of any type of Removable Storage.
As the author says;
After applying your options with this program, all of USB disks that currently plugged into your computer should be unplugged and re-plugged to get the effect of selected setting.
Download USB Disks Access Manager (Windows 2K / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7) from this link:
USB Flash Drives Control: Is a little software which comes in a free and shareware flavors:
The free version offers the following:
- Intuitive and easy accessible interface in the system tray
- Enable or disable USB flash drives with just a mouse click.
- Display free space and total space for inserted USB flash drives.
- Explore the contents of the USB flash drive easily.
- Protection to unauthorized uninstallation.
- Compatible with all 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
The shareware version adds the following:
- Deny execute access to all executable files on all USB flash drives.
- Deny write access on all USB flash drives used on current computer.
- Lock the current state of the program with a password.
- Reset a forgotten password used to lock the program.
Installation is easy and if you choose Disable USB Flash Drives then insertion of USB device will fail and there will be no way to access it from Windows desktop.
Download USB Flash Drives Control (Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 required) from here:
When user insert USB device Windows plug and play will immediately see it as an additional drive and becomes available for usage. The dark side of USB port can be employed by others to spread virus, install malicious software, data theft (corporate espionage, falling into the wrong hands), ultimately leading to data loss, in order to prevent side effects then Restrict the USB ports on computer.
About the Author: ha14 is a chemist by profession who loves computers software and connecting with others in professional manner.