It's not unusual for companies or vendors to provide free USB (thumb) drives at conferences. Lately, these have become in vogue as inexpensive party favors for anything from baby showers to office events to holiday gatherings. So how quickly should you plug them in to store copies of your favorite pictures and latest song downloads? Just as quickly as you want your computer to become infected. Tips for how to safely use USB drives can be found in the article, "How to Safely and Securely Use USB Memory Sticks."
Check out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.