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Encrypt-Stick Encryption Safeguards Your Data

- February 24th, 2010

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You’re a medical technician and your laptop just got stolen. It contained samples of about a quarter of a million lab tests for reportable and communicable diseases with identifiable names and personal health numbers. Even worse imagine if your name was one of them.

Last year Alberta Health Services (AHS) reported 2 physically locked down laptops stolen from a lab at the University Hospital. Within a month, in separate incident, private medical files within AHS of 11,000 Albertans were put at risk as a virus intermittently took snapshots of screens of computers that access that data. That information could have been transmitted to locations unknown.

The phenomenon is worldwide. The Open Security Foundation’s DataLossDB.org, gathers reported information about events involving the loss, theft, or exposure of personally identifiable information and the statistics you see there is mind-boggling.

“The loss of data is certainly a major concern for personal privacy, especially in health care, insurance and financial industries. For individuals, identity theft is becoming a more common threat”, states Ed Rusnak, CEO, ENC Security Systems. Based in Pit Meadows, BC. ENC provides solutions to secure and transfer personal and professional data.

“Not only can companies be adversely affected, the loss of information can spell ruin for families when banking and personal identity information falls into the hands of criminals.”

People are concerned when the hardware gets stolen, but that’s minimal compared to the real loss if the data on the device was stolen and used for identity theft.

And it’s not just coming from laptops and hacked databases. Proliferation of high capacity tiny data storage devices like the USB- Flash Drives increase exposure to data risk and are a potential goldmine for data thieves.

Stolen USB Keys Poses Identity Threat


USB sticks, keys, pen drives or thumb drives or whatever you call them can be seen on key chains, hanging on belt-loops and on lanyards around people’s necks. They also can be left sitting attached to computers. They sometimes get lost or stolen -it happens every day.

And while Rusnak can’t help people safeguard devices from physical theft, what he can do is help them protect their data.

ENC has developed EncryptStick an application that turns these low-cost flash-drives into an affordable, easy-to-use highly secure data vault. It prevents virtually any type of file- documents, video, photo etc. or passwords from being stolen.

Never Been Hacked

“Password protection is not enough. EncryptStick uses powerful 512 bit polymorphic encryption technology, which has never been broken or successfully hacked.”

Encryption converts data into code by use of an algorithm that cannot be converted back or decrypted without a “key”. EncryptStick uses the unique ID or serial number of the flash drive as a part of the 512 bits of information used to create that key.  Combined with the user’s password, this combination makes it virtually impossible to be decoded thus keeping it safe from prying eyes.

To get EncryptStick, simply plug a flash drive into an available USB port, go on-line, purchase a license and download the 4MB of software directly to it (not the host computer). Using the unique registration code the user follows the instructions to create their master password. The software runs automatically and you’re prompted for your password. Once entered, the vaults become visible. You can open existing vaults, create new vaults and easily encrypt or decrypt any file by right-clicking and selecting from a drop down menu, or simply dragging and dropping the files into the folders. EncryptStick also enables “encryption on the fly” – the ability to edit documents within vaults while the files are encrypted.

“The password is not stored on ENC’s servers or on the computer. It’s directed to the flash drive and is known to only the user.”

It’s also a means of maintaining anonymity.

“You can plug your encrypted Flash Drive into a public computer, when you remove it, it removes the temporary operating file so there is absolutely no footprint, i.e. no evidence of you being on that computer”, says Tim Sperling, President ENC.

And even if someone were to gain physical access to the encrypted computer or see the vaults, without both the Encrypt-Stick flash drive inserted, and correct password, that information is coded and thus unreadable.

Given the current state of data security it appears that ENC’s timing with EncryptStick couldn’t have been better. According to Rusnak,  the product’s release was actually delayed because a company they had done work claimed that ENC was using their technology. Customers and other licensees that were willing to move forward had walked away. But ENC successfully defeated the public claim.

“It put us behind 2 ½ years after we announced the product.”

But Rusnak, during the “waiting” period, was able to enhance EncryptStick even further – adding a Password Manager to stores sensitive log-ins securely;  An automatic session time out for drives left unattended and protection from common hacking techniques like  keystroke-logging.

Rusnak and ENC recently received a letter of apology and a retraction of the statement and allegations that were made allowing the official release to take place.

And while he seems to have come upon a pot of gold, for Ed, it’s not just about the money. He wants to change the entire thinking of the world and wants people to help keep in the forefront of their minds how valuable their data can be.

So he’s made it affordable – only $39.95US – for Mac or PC, while offering free updates for the life of the product.

“I’m trying to safeguard people – it does something for me.”

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4 comments

  1. Ed Rusnak | February 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you for recapping our encrypt stick product and it’s need in this NEW and SCARY security world.

    Yes, hopefully the encrypt-stick Home users will soon see and agree with our philosophy they too can be protected in the same manner as Big Brother.

  2. Eric Ferguson | May 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    With cloud technology and OpenId, useing a USB flash drive for storage proposes will be obsolete. Look at Aladdin.com or safenet.com download their white paper, you will see they are far superior, they are the “Global Leaders”. Besides, rohos.com offers a 2Gig version for free! Google: OpenID Foundation and see who the players are.

  3. Andrea | January 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

    this is to eric ferguson…..
    did you use to work for enc and was
    dubed by them…if so i would like to speak to you.

  4. Jason Stay | October 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Excellent software, highly recommended! Since ENC release Encrypt Stick v5.2 for Windows the software includes a very simply backup and restore function, something that was clearly missing from pevious versions.

    The new setup wizard makes it easier to setup and it also appears that the latest (5.2W) version is a lot faster than any of the previous versions.

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