CipherUSB Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: What Operating Systems are supported?

A: The CipherUSB itself is platform independent and should work with any system that recognizes the storage device connected to it. It has been tested with Windows, Mac and Linux systems. The software utility used to program the recovery password for the CiperUSB works under Windows only at this time.


Q2: Does the CipherUSB work with optical drives?

A: The CipherUSB works with hard drives and most USB optical drives, although not all hardware configurations are guaranteed to work. All Addonics USB optical drives have been tested to work under Windows, Mac and Linux systems. Optical discs can be encrypted and although they do not appear blank as hard drives do, they appear to contain no useful data.


Q3: Can the password be recovered?

A: No. The password cannot be read, duplicated or recovered by software.


Q4: Can more than one CipherUSB have the same encryption key?

A: Yes. As long as the password is absolutely identical on both CipherUSB units, they will both encrypt and decrypt data the same way. This feature can even be used to establish a secure means of transporting data – encrypted with the CipherUSB using an agreed-upon password, encrypted media can be transported securely without moving any CipherUSB keys at all.


Q5: Can the CipherUSB be used to encrypt existing data on a hard drive?

A: No. The CipherUSB begins working immediately on connection, so unencrypted data appears to be random nonsense through the unit just as encrypted data appears to be random nonsense when the CipherUSB is not in place. To encrypt existing data, the drive must be backed up first, then the data restored after the CipherUSB is connected.