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Phrozen Safe USB 2.0

Easily disable USB devices on your PC

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 06 December 2013
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Downloads To Date: 3119
Developer: Phrozensoft
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Phrozen Safe USB 2.0
Easily disable USB devices on your PC

Phrozen Safe USB is a tool to help you disable the use of USB devices on your PC, so protecting you from malware or individuals who might want to copy confidential files to a USB key.

To get started, click the program's icon in your system tray and set "USB Status" to "USB Devices in Read Only Mode". Any drives you plug in subsequently will be read-only: you'll be able to view and launch whatever files they contain, but not copy any from your PC to the key, so offering some protection from data theft.

If you change the setting to "USB Devices deactivated" then your system will no longer recognise USB storage devices. Plug them in and you won't be able to view or access them in Explorer.

And if you want to return to normal, set Phrozen Safe USB to "USB Devices fully operational". You'll then be able to see and access USB storage devices just as before.

There is one small hassle here in that changes won't necessarily happen immediately. We turned USB off on our 64-bit Windows 7 PC, for instance, and the key we'd already connected remained perfectly usable. Only when we disconnected and reconnected the key did anything change.

Otherwise, though, Phrozen Safe USB offers a lightweight and simple way to control USB use on your PC: give it a try.

Version 2.0 changes:
•User interface is now more user friendly: only one click is necessary to change USB mode.
•User interface is now having our new Phrozen Software graphic.
•Option to minimize to tray added in settings window.
•Disable USB Auto Play Dialog added to settings window.
•Protect application with password added to settings window.
•Start application with Windows now supports UAC (it requires administration privileges).
•Application is now portable.

Verdict:

A small and simple tool which offers some convenient ways to restrict USB usage on your PC

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