ICEmaker’s Featured Option: SecurStick

SecurStick is a free portable application that lets you carry encrypted files on your USB drive. You can use the drive on any computer to access and modify those files WITHOUT needing any administrator privileges. — Source: AlternativesTo

Our special thanks to Matthias Withopf for this fine program. Please visit his website to check for updates, FAQs, and feedback.


SecureStick on Windows →

SecurStick on Macintosh

Following are annotated snapshots for SecurStick on the OS X platform. It is available for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms, here. The screens for Windows and Linux would be similar.



Figure 1. After downloading and installing SecurStick on a Mac, the encrdata folder and SecurStick-Mac app will be in the SecurStick-mac-1016 folder which can be placed in Applications, or elsewhere, and on the USB flash drive. For convenience you might install an alias on the desktop.

[1] SecurStick_-_Create_Safe_ZoneFigure 2. Clicking SecureStick-Mac will run it, presenting this web page where a Safe Zone is created. Everything placed in the Safe Zone is encrypted. A secure password is required to create the Safe Zone and encrypt folders and files. BTW, the Homepage link will take you to a Google translation to English of the original page published in German.



[2] X_and_SecurStick_-_Safe_Zone_logged_inFigure 3. Once the Safe Zone has been created, login to it using the secure password. The X drive drive window will open which is the Secure Zone where folders/files may be added for encryption, viewed, or extracted to the Desktop or elsewhere.


[3] SecurStick-Mac_—_62×24_and_X_and_SecurStick_-_Safe_Zone_logged_in

Figure 4. Also opened at login–most likely behind othe SecurStick windows–is a SecurStick-Mac window. You may also notice that the Terminal app launched.

Warning. You can minimize the window, but don’t close it or quit Terminal, as that will will log you off the Safe Zone and exit SecurStick.

[4] SecureStice-Mac


Figure 5. If you try to run SecurStick again before exiting, you will likely see a message similar to this. Close the window and quit the Terminal app, then run SecurStick, again.

[5] X_and_SecurStick_-_Safe_Zone_logged_in

Figure 6. Adding personal health record (PHR) information to the Secure Zone (X drive) for the ICE USB.

[6] 127_0_0_1_2000_X



Figure 7. The browser view of the encrypted contents.

[7] SecurStick_Log


Figure 7. Click Show Log to display a log, like this.



SecurStick on Windows

Following are snapshots for SecurStick on the Windows platform. See the snapshots and annotations similar to these, above.

SecurStickCreate SafeZoneLoggedIn]EncryptedDIrectory Log LoggedOff


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