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SPYRUS Windows to Go Bootable USB Thumb Drive Windows 10

When I travel or visit friends for get-togethers, dinner parties, or movie nights, I often ditch my laptop at home. However, there’s such a thing as herd immunity in computing: there’s generally a desktop or laptop not that far away.

SPYRUS Windows to Go Bootable USB Thumb Drive Windows 10
My SPYRUS drive

I generally have my ThinkPad Windows laptop, my Samsung S6 Active, an actual USB thumb drive, and probably my $50 Amazon Kindle Fire. My every day carry is more like keys with a USB drive on the keyring, my wallet, my notepad, my phone, possibly an external charge battery, a charger, of course, and now I’ve added the equivalent of an entire Windows 10 box into a 1.35oz, 3.5″ x 1″ x 3/4″, armored and MIL-SPEC package that I can pocket and forget.

That’s why I’ve added a Microsoft Windows-bootable USB thumb drive to my every day carry (EDC). I personally don’t use it every day but it’s part of me, either in my pocket or stowed in a day bag or my Filson.  So, when I need more than my phone and don’t have my laptop with me, I have a way to do the computing version of spirit possession.

So, when I insert this SPYRUS 32GB WorkSafe Pro Windows to Go live drive into the USB of a host computer and turn that PC on, it’ll boot at the hardware level from this pack-of-gum-sized thumb drive, running your very own customized install of Windows 10 as though it were booting directly from the machine you’re sitting at.  And since it’s a clean install running off of a solid-state drive (SSD), it’s quick, too.

Some systems may require some awkward key combo shibboleths in order to get you down to BIOS in order to choose the SPYRUS drive as your boot drive, but it’s a lot easier than schlepping around a laptop. And your chums, colleagues, friends, FedEx Office worker, and building manager will be happy to know that you’re really never on their machine, per se. but you’re running your apps and your files in your own sandbox.

My device is the WordSafe Pro which comes with Godly amounts of security in the form of user boot password, device admin password, data vault 2 bitlocker password, smart card user PIN, smart card admin PIN, and smart card mini-driver admin key. However, SPYRUS offers this drive in an entire array of drive sizes up to 1TB (32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512GB) and a number of grades of security based on the model:

different spyrus windows to go drives

  • Built-in PKI smart card
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated
  • XTS-AEX 256 hardware encryption
  • Read only mode options
  • Data vault read/write option (can be used on Surface Prof 4 for secure data management)
  • MIL-810 tested hardware providing military ruggedness

I mean, let’s be honest, there are always ways in, but the intention I have of booting into my own OS outside of your own passwords, your own UI, and your own bespoke filesystem is to 1) make life easier for me and 2) protect my own data, apps, and operating system from possibly being infected by the viruses, malware, and adware that live natively on the hardware and software of all the host boxes, PCs, machines, workstations, laptops and notebooks that you commandeer and “spiritually posses” for the time you use them.

And while I’m booted into Windows 10 through my SPYRUS Windows to Go drive, everything I edit, write, or change is stored back to my drive so that I can just shut down the host computer and return the drive to my pocket and I’m done!

Easy peasy.

Feel free to own the yacht but hire a crew if you’re not yet seaworthy. If you get my drift and want to adopt the yachting lifestyle yourself but either don’t have the mad sailing skills yourself, don’t yet posses a world-class crew, and don’t know yet where to go, then you should give me a call or reach out me by email — so I can help you pilot your vessel now, in the tranquil blue-green shallows of the Caribbean, as well as in the roughest seas and into — as well as out of — the storm.

If you’d like to chat more, call me at +1 (202) 869-3210 Ext 0001  email me, or feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call with me.

Chris Abraham

Chris Abraham

Chris Abraham, digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, Wikipedia curationsocial media strategy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreachinfluencer engagement, and Internet crisis response, with the digital PR and social media marketing agency Gerris digital. [Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call with me] A pioneer in online social networks and publishing, with a natural facility for anticipating the next big thing, Chris is an Internet analyst, web strategy consultant and adviser to the industries' leading firms. Chris Abraham specializes in web technologies, including content marketing, online collaboration, blogging, and consumer generated media.  Chris Abraham was named a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer by Forbes, #1 PR2.0 Influencer by Traackr, and top-10 social media influencers by Marketwire; and, for what it’s worth, Chris has a Klout of 79 the last time he looked. Chris Abraham started doing web development back in 1994, SEO in 1998, blogging in 1999, influencer engagement in 2003, social media strategy in 2005, blogger outreach in 2006, and Wikipedia curation in 2007. Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call. If you want to know the services that Chris offers check out Services If you want to work with Chris use the Contact Form You're welcome to follow me via Social Media You can learn more about Chris over in About Chris writes a lot so check out the Blog Chris offers webinars so check Events

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