Lock and Manage USB Devices With USB Manager in Windows
By on November 20th, 2009

If you would like to have more control over the attached USB devices in your system, USB manager will prove to be useful. It is a nice little freeware application for Windows that can quickly enable or disable all USB devices in your system. You can even password protect USB devices so that no one else can access the USB ports in your absence.

How to use Usb Manager

Download USB Manager and install it. The software is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. After the installation is complete, you will see a system tray icon which looks similar to a USB drive.

usb-manager-icon

Right click the icon and you will have all the options to tweak USB Manager.

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You can disable USB printers, scanners and attached audio devices using this tool. To lock a USB drive, go to options and choose a password. It’s that simple.

Here is how the options panel looks:

usb-manager-options-panel

To lock your USB storage devices, you need to first choose a password. After you have chosen a password from the options panel, click the USB manager icon from system tray and select Disable all storage devices. To test the settings, just enter a USB storage device in your system. You won’t be able to see the USB drive icon in My computer. (also read: How to back up and restore usb drives)

Anyone trying to disable USB manager from system tray will have to enter the password that you have chosen earlier. Killing the USB Manager process from task manager won’t help either. You cannot access the USB drive as long as it’s disabled and the program is installed in your system.

You can auto run USB Manager with Windows start up and use a custom hot key to lock all USB devices instantly. This software can be useful when you don’t want anyone to access the USB devices of your system in your absence. For example: someone may try to copy important files from your system or run a malicious script etc.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

USB manager is cool and works perfectly in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. If the manufacturer could include automatic locking of USB drives after a predefined timed interval, it would be even more beneficial.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (very good).

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