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Offline Zombie Axe

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The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« on: February 15, 2009, 05:21:13 PM »


A great addition to your BOB is a USB flash drive. A flash drive allows you to carry copies of your personal documents, legal documents, insurance policies,photos, proof of identity, files, windows settings etc. So when you hafta leave dodge you will have digital proof of who you are, what you done, what you have and all sorts of other info.




I prefer the 'hardened' version by Corsair called the Survivor. Tough little Son of a gun and water resistant to deeper than you can swim ;)

With 4 GB of data protected by TrueCrypt I have pictures, .pdf and word documents at my disposal should I be stranded from home. Also my IE Favorites as well as email and snail mail addy's are on here so I can 'borrow' a computer and have access to my needs!




For work I also carry some free spyware/antivirus programs, Registry editor and network configuration utilities that my company does not/will not provide. These drives are not 'hardened' but work quite well for my needs. Add a few S&P .pdf's to read in my spare time and you have a bunch of info for your needs!

I encourage all of you to read Shane's Blog (good stuff) about listening to Katrina. Alot of my thoughts on this came from this Blog.

Shane suggests you convert these files to digital format and keep them with you in your BOB (his BOB has a laptop). I suggest you have several copies of this data and ENCRYPT it!!!

From Shane's Blog:http://www.theplacewithnoname.com/blogs/klessons/

Letters, postcards, and other correspondence.

Data and files from your place of business, if allowed by company policy.
 


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Finally, I learned of this flashdrive from www.prepcast.info in episode 9. Sounds pretty secure. They are pricey but sometimes your data is as well!

From www.ironkey.com

Hardware Encryption
Your IronKey is literally packed with the latest and most secure encryption technologies, all enabled by the powerful onboard Cryptochip. Rather than employing "homegrown" cryptographic algorithms that have not undergone rigorous cryptoanalysis, IronKey follows industry best practices and uses only well-established and thoroughly tested cryptographic algorithms.



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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009, 09:46:47 PM »
I have a scanner at home and have been in the process of doing this for the past several days. I keep the records in my Flashdrive in my GHB.

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009, 12:00:19 AM »
I too use flash drives to keep important informaiton but I found out that in some cases it's very important to have a hard copy on hand.  I use my vacuum sealer to protect a certified copies of my custody papers in my vehicle.  (The mother and father are nut jobs that followed and claimed we kidnapped their kids, fortunately I had a patient police officer that waited on my son to bring the custody papers and they had the opportunity to make new friends in the pokey)

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 07:43:18 AM »
I read listening to Katrina and it inspired me to do the exact same thing on my flash drive. I carry it with me everywhere. Although there was on week where I couldn't find it. Talk a bout turning the house upside down. although it is protected, I was ticked.

I also keep on this Flash Drive an inventory of anything I deem worthy. Guns, appliances, tools, vehicles, - Make, model, serial #/VIN, short description. Also pictures of the house inside and out. This could come in very handy for insurance info also. I then print this info and put one copy in the safe and one where no one knows.

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2009, 08:38:01 AM »
You can also keep documents on a Micro SD card that some cell phones use for memory.  Then you can carry the USB adaptor with you.  This would be good for carrying scans of Driver's License, Carry Permit, Birth Certificate, and any other ID type documents that you may need access to should your wallet be lost or whatever.

Thinkgeek.com has a USB Flash drive that looks like a USB cable with the wires cut.  Kinda cool and could be good to hide in a drawer of "junk" .

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2009, 06:03:56 PM »
Good info. I also keep some documents on a flash drive.  These are mainly backups of various documents.

But your thread got me thinking about what I should keep on a flash drive.  So, beyond the stuff already mentioned, what kind of stuff do you keep on your drive?  Do you keep some survival documents on the flash drive as well?  Or do you stick to keeping personal information on there?

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009, 06:32:52 PM »
I keep a first aid an generic survival guide in PDF form on my flash drive.

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2009, 06:18:33 PM »
Good info. I also keep some documents on a flash drive.  These are mainly backups of various documents.

But your thread got me thinking about what I should keep on a flash drive.  So, beyond the stuff already mentioned, what kind of stuff do you keep on your drive?  Do you keep some survival documents on the flash drive as well?  Or do you stick to keeping personal information on there?

I also added recent pictures of all my family members in case I need to hand them out to searchers...

I keep alot of Survival .pdf files (millitary manuals, first aid, firearms manuals), communication programs (skype, AIM,Echolink) and a bunch of other goodies :)

FWIW, I scored a pair of the Iron Keys 4GB for my wife's and mine bob/ghb :) They are about as rare as hen's teeth  ;)

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2009, 07:26:30 PM »
Here's a possibility for you guys.  Have you considered that you may not have access to a computer?  Or maybe worse, you can get to the computer, but it is locked down.

A possible solution is to make a flash drive bootable and load it with an OS.  I think this can be done with Windows, but since I'm a Linux fan, I know it can be done with Linux.  The easiest is to download a copy of Puppy Linux.  For those that don't know about it, Puppy Linux is pretty small, so most of the flash drive is still free.  It is also a piece of cake to put on a flash drive.  Then any computer that can boot off USB is usable, no access to an account or even to the hard drive is needed.

Another big plus is you can often recover data from a crashed hard drive.  You can even use it to pull your data off that hard drive even after you've been infected by a virus.  But with any tool, it can also be used for destructive purposes.

Just a thought since we are all here to prepare for the worst situations.  If you think of it as a prep, it is one of the cheapest possible.  It costs nothing to download and use it as much as you like.

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2009, 07:53:04 PM »
Yes I have considered the possibility of NO computers, but then that data will be useless anyway... got plenty of EMP proof copies (aka hard copy) as well..

Good idea on the bootable OS :) Thanks for the link +1

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2009, 03:16:37 PM »
I think that TrueCrypt deserves a little more detailed mention for anyone who hasn't heard of it. TrueCrypt is a free, open source encryption utility that works on Windows, Linux, and Mac. You can encrypt containers (single files that are then mounted as a drive), partitions (part of a hard drive or an entire external drive), or total system encryption (encrypt your system so that it can't be accessed at all without a password, even if the drive is removed and accessed from a separate system). Truecrypt also has a "duress feature" meaning that you can create multiple "drives" inside of an encrypted container and depending on what password you provide you will get one of two different sets of files. So let's say that an evil FEMA rep forces you to give him your password, you give the decoy that leads to you taxes, birth cert., etc... (all perfectly good things for encryption) and your maps to caches, other passwords, etc... all remain protected and totall undetectable because Truecrypt fills all encrypted containers with random info indistinguishable from encrypted info.

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2009, 03:22:34 PM »
I just purchased this USB drive.  It is an OCZ CrossOver 8GB and has a built in Micro SD reader as well, so you can expand its capacity or read cards off of your other devices.  My Samsung Blackjack runs one of those, it makes sense for me.



Oh, and the kicker?  I paid $15 for it ($16.something shipped) and it has a $10 rebate.  =-]
http://www.ecost.com/Detail/Flash+Drive/OCZ+Technology/OCZUSBCVR8G/43126922.aspx?navid=155441514

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2009, 06:54:48 PM »
Nice find Dan :) I love my Blackjack II, great phone  ;D

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2009, 03:31:34 PM »
Check out portable Apps.  www.portableapps.com  I use this program on a memory stick and can take it to any computer and have all my info with me. There is plenty of room on a 4gig stick for a great deal of personnel info. The program is free. I use Firefox and Thunderbird programs on my lap top already. The program is great. Frank   :)

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2009, 11:32:52 AM »
What a great idea!  I've been using USB thumb drives (with Linux and portable apps) forever.  But I never thought about storing important documents on them.  Gotta add that to my to-do list.

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Re: The USB flash drive, your data in digital form to go.
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