I needed a possibility to create an encrypted space on USB sticks so that the data is not readable if you loose such a stick somewhere. Although there is BitLocker To Go and VeraCrypt, I ended up with a tool called SecurStick as

  • it is available for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • it does not need an administrative account
  • supports also unencrypted files on the same stick


Daniel commented below that Cryptomator also has a portable version which does not need administrative rights. I tested it and it looks good. As Cryptomator is still a supported tool (SecurStick is old code which is no longer maintained) I will us ethat for my USB sticks at least if the data exchange is between Windows computers only. I think that for the Mac and Linux version it is not so easy to use it without installation. Currently I have no machine to test so that I could not try it by myself.

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2 thoughts on “Create encrypted space on USB stick

  • 20.02.2021 at 01:29

    Looks very old. Sourcecode seems to be from 2009.
    Why didn’t you choose Cryptomator?

  • 20.02.2021 at 11:14

    Daniel, I know. I am sure the encryption will not hinder the NSA to decrypt the data but I think it should be enough for the “normal” ones who find my stick somewhere 😉

    However, you are right. I did not think about Cryptomator although I am using it on my desktop PCs already. Was not aware that there is a portable version which can be used without admin rights as well.

    I just downloaded it and give it a try.

    Do you have experience if this would be usable for Linux and Mac as well without the need to install anything and without administrative rights?


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