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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 ? 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 if 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
@JourneymanGeek ok i deleted from my question the Linux OS, after i find out how to do it the best way in Windows i will ask the same question for linux. –  Devid Sep 23 '13 at 10:46
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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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