A USB flash drive -- also known as a USB stick, USB thumb drive or pen drive -- is a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash memory and is lightweight enough to attach to a keychain. A USB flash drive can be used in place of a compact disc.
Also question is, how long does a USB flash drive last?
eHow says flash drives can last up to ten years, but as mentioned on NYTimes.com, flash memory doesn't usually degrade because of its age, but rather because of the number of write cycles, which means the more you delete and write new information, the more quickly the memory in the device will start to degrade.
Who is the inventor of USB flash drive?
What is to encrypt a USB?
The easiest way to ensure that data on flash drives is protected by encryption is to buy an encrypted flash drive such as the IronKey or Aegis Secure Key, both of which encrypt data automatically in hardware and can be used on computers running Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.