Protecting your USB – 6 : USB Guardian
Scenario : You want only those USB’s that you know be allowed to be connected to your PC
Solution : That is a valid concern cos we all know that to exploit a PC it is sometimes enough to just connect the USB device to the PC
So today we are going to look at a “Freeware”( Yayy!!!! ;P ) program called “USB Waecher”, which is German for USB Guardian. I like the way that this program works. The S/W uses a white-list to determine if an USB device may be allowed to connect to the PC. Devices not in the white-list are not permitted to establish the connection unless they are white-listed.
It might be a bit of a pain for English people ( and i don’t mean residents of England 😉 ) as Part of the information is displayed in German, with no option whatsoever to change the interface language, however you can very easily use the program even without understanding German. We only have to concentrate on the menu on the left side which is denoted as ” Erlaubte Geräte “, which means allowed devices. This lists all USB devices that are permitted to connect to the PC so that they can be used. All devices that are connected during installation are automatically added to the white-list.
To add new USB devices to the white-list by clicking on the + icon in the toolbar of the application, or by right-clicking on Erlaubte Geräte and selecting Gerät hinzufügen (which means add device). This displays a wizard which is completely in German. Not a big problem though as you need to click on Weiter (next) in the first screen to select the USB device that needs to be added to the whitelist on the second. Just select the device or devices and click Weiter once again. Click Fertig stellen (finalize) on the last screen of the wizard to add the device to the whitelist.
To remove a device just right-click on the USB device and select Delete from the context menu.
Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows 2000 and Windows 2008 R2 (32/64)
- Windows XP to Windows 7 (32/64)
The program can be downloaded directly from the developer’s website.