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Portable software runs on your USB Drive
, custom flash drive, or your iPod, or a Memory stick
, or any type of external drive you plug into a USB port. You don't have to install anything on the computer's hard drive. It's like carrying your office around with you. Or... carrying your home to the office.

These kind of apps are becoming more and more popular as USB flash drives get cheaper and cheaper. If you ever do any work at more than one computer, go get one now, then install this freeware. Then you can do something else. If you want. Or, you can just hold your key drive and feel good about what you've just done.

By the way, I haven't included everything you can run this way, only those things you probably want to run this way.

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USB Encryption Software - Portable Drive Encryption

Published by nedpwolf on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 13:39 in


Portable, Security


TrueCrypt isn't just listed because it's portable software. It's listed because it's the best, portable or not. You can create a virtual drive of any size you choose that contains all your private data and information. You can use it to encrypt your entire USB drive or only a segment of it if you prefer. I highly recommend this tool.

Portable Password Protector / Password Manager

Published by nedpwolf on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 13:44 in


Portable, Security


Perhaps you don't want to save all your files, but only want a handy place to keep all your passwords. I used to recommend PINs for this category, but KeePass is open source, a big plus for encryption software.

Portable File Undelete Tool

Published by nedpwolf on Sat, 01/01/2005 - 00:00 in

If you are truly paranoid about leaving tracks on a visited computer, run Restoration to see what files may be undeleted after you leave.

Portable Antivirus Software

Published by nedpwolf on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 12:27 in


Portable, Security


Yes, you can infect your personal files by plugging in your portable drive into another computer.

Do not trust a strange computer. Run an antivirus program. These days, it is not an option. It's a necessity.