We take USB technology for granted. For the most part, we use it for charging our phones or accessing our data. But, there’s a lot of complex technology behind the scenes, and USB offers a lot of potential. Whether it’s purely for personal use or to bolster your most important business processes, there’s a lot to discover.
Let’s take a look at a few ways to unlock the potential of USB.
Boost Your RAM
If your computer is on the slow side, you might need some extra RAM. But, that’s an expensive consideration in some cases, and might require expert help to fit it. As a temporary or even a long-term remedy, you can actually use USB to help you. Microsoft provides a tool called ReadyBoost that aims to give your computer enhanced performance. It uses the power of a USB stick to speed up your system further. Now that’s clever!
Analyze The Protocol
Analyze the…what?! Well, USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. It’s a bus that contains all sorts of complicated mechanics that we never see. There’s a lot going on, and tech-minded individuals shouldn’t neglect the need to analyze those processes. But, why? For business purposes, a USB sniffer can help to analyze weaknesses in a USB system. This might be useful to test a new product you’ve developed or to identify a lack of security.
Rescue A Doomed Device
When our laptops and PCs break, we panic. All that important data we’ve got stored on there should be backed up, but it often isn’t. This is where USB can save the day if you’re lucky. Pre-installed apps on a USB device can actually work to eliminate viruses in certain instances. Or, if you can’t access those apps, a USB can actually host a live operating system. By installing something like Linux onto a USB, you can get access to an OS, and crucially, your old data.
Destroy Confidential Data
USB sticks are clever devices. However, the danger of them is that we carry them around everywhere we go, and they’re getting smaller all the time! The chances of losing them has become greater, and that puts our data at risk. Luckily, certain USB devices have been developed to prevent this from happening. Once the data on the device has been encrypted, it can be set to be destroyed after multiple failed password attempts. So, that criminal that stole your device won’t get access to any of your important data.
Tether The Internet
In the past ten years, the way we look at smartphones has completely changed. They now dominate our everyday life, and they come with plenty of unanticipated possibilities. One of those is to tether the internet of the device through to a PC or laptop. So, if you’re in the middle of a power outage but there’s an important deadline looming, you can still get internet access. All it takes is a USB connection from the phone to the device, and you’ll be up and running once more.
How great is USB?! Let’s be thankful for all the possibilities this technology has allowed us to benefit from.