Abstract

While many people use USB flash drives, most do not protect their stored documents. Solutions for protecting flash drives exist but inherently limit functionality found in unprotected drives such as portability, usability, and the ability to share documents between multiple people. In addition, other drawbacks are introduced such as the possibility of losing access to protected documents if a password is lost. Assuming protecting portable documents is important, in order for people to be willing to protect their documents they should be required to make as few sacrifices in functionality as possible. We introduce KiwiVault, a USB flash drive encryption solution that retains more of the functionality found in unprotected storage devices than preceding solutions. In addition, this thesis reviews encryption solutions appropriate for portable data storage, reviews security components used by KiwiVault, discusses the design and implementation of KiwiVault, discusses a user study and threat analysis conducted to validate KiwiVault as a solution, and proposes future work.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science

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Date Submitted

2009-08-19

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3171

Keywords

security, portable storage, privacy, file encryption, computer science

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