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Is there a way to Password Protect the USB Ports in Windows 8 so that every time a USB is inserted a prompt comes out asking for a password before it can be used on the PC ? Is this possible without 3rd party software ? Can it be done in Windows Group Policy ? If not i would like to hear suggestions about good 3rd party software.

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In Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System Removable Storage Access when enabling the policy All Removable Storage Classes: Deny All Access, my PC stops unauthorized access for all USB ports and all removable storage. That is what I actually wanted, but it is annoying that every time I want to use a USB port I have to open my Group Policy and disable the Removable Storage policy. A Prompt asking for administrator rights or a password prompt would be much better.

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Someone asked the same question here with a link for how to do it with Group Policy: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-security/… and here are some 3rd party options: youtube.com/watch?v=fF_hE09sB8E or softpedia.com/get/Security/Lockdown/USB-Port-Locked.shtml Iam unsure how well these solutions will work on Win8 though, I don't have a copy to test with. –  MaQleod Sep 21 '13 at 16:31
could you split this out into two separate questions - for windows and linux? –  Journeyman Geek Sep 22 '13 at 0:21
@JourneymanGeek I think it is the same in Linux, you can not do it without third party software –  Devid Sep 22 '13 at 9:32
The methods for each would be different. –  Journeyman Geek Sep 22 '13 at 10:00
Group policy should satisfy your request, as it's linked to your username/password. Have a look at computerperformance.co.uk/win8/windows8-disable-usb-policy.htm on what options you have to play with... If you actually want a popup asking for a password, you'll need 3rd-party software but I don't know how effective they are. –  Jakke Jun 23 '14 at 23:25

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TrueCrypt is the best tool to password protect your USB , it works fine for windows 8 for me but i heard there are some issues

Here is a link which explains how to use this tool, procedure with screen shots

Note: TrueCrypt works fine for windows 8 for most of the users(including me) but i have heard that computers having UEFI BIOS have some issues with TrueCrypt For Windows 8

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This is about password protecting the USB, but I am asking about password protecting the port where the USB is inserted into the PC. –  Devid Jun 23 '14 at 22:36

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