Smart Keeper USB Port Lock
- Physically blocks access to any unused USB port
- The quickest and easiest USB port lock to install
- Requires no electricity, software, or special expertise
- Requires no maintenance or upgrade
- Four unique key codes available: Brown, Purple, Yellow and Dark Blue
- Each key only works with a block of the same color
- Requires one (1) Smart Keeper USB Port Lock Key
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The Connectivity Center's USB port lock is the easiest and best way to physically block and lock the USB ports of your desktop and laptop devices. This simple USB port lock device not only prevents data leakage, data theft, and unauthorized data transfer, but also helps protect your hardware and software from malware and computer viruses.
Your weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity are your employees, who often use USB ports to charge mobile phones and tablets, or to transfer data from home to office. Without a USB port lock protecting every vulnerability on your network, whatever malware or viruses that are contained on these peripherals are likely to infect your entire organization.
USB ports are the easiest entry into your network, but with our USB port lock, you can rest assured that you have locked your â€œfront door.â€
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In 2016, researchers at the University of Illinois randomly placed around campus 300 flash drives. Of these, 296 were picked up by staff and students, which is astounding. Whatâ€™s truly alarming, however, is that roughly half of these flash drives were plugged into an open USB port on a University of Illinois computer. What the researchers discovered was that, for hackers, the easiest way to gain access to a network is a $2 flash drive loaded with malware, but only if each computer is left unprotected by a USB port lock.
Studies of this type are numerous. For instance, in 2011, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tested the vulnerability of its own network by randomly scattering USB flash drives across the parking lots at private contractor campuses and government facilities. The percentage of flash drives that were plugged into a work computer was 60%, exposing these computersÂ â€“ and the entire Department of Homeland Security networkÂ â€“ to malware and viruses.
The findings are clear: a USB port lock on all ports is required to defend an organization against this type of vulnerability. Even if you consider the likelihood of a cybersecurity attack on your organization to be extremely low, then think about the vast number of mobile phones that are likely being charged by your open USB ports. While your employeesâ€™ behavior is not malicious, if even one phones carries a virus, it can cause data loss, network outages, and more â€“ all because you failed to protect your network with a simple USB port lock.
USB Port Lock Protection
What these two studies â€“ and many others â€“ show is that one of an organizationâ€™s greatest cybersecurity vulnerabilities is its own staff. Regardless of training, employees are all-too willing to plug a mobile phone or flash drive into even the most secure computer network. As such, without a USB port lock on every device, your network really isnâ€™t all that secure.
When you allow your employees to connect peripheral devices â€“ whether a flash drive, mobile phone, tablet, or remote computer â€“ to a company computer, you subject your network to potential viruses. A USB port lock is that extra layer of security your company needs to protect itself from malware, viruses, theft of data, and more.