Prevent Writing to USB Storage DevicesBy: Arie Slob
Many system administrators have had some sleepless nights over this: it is too easy for users to connect a device (USB-key or MP3 player) to the USB port of a computer, and copy things off the system. This is an obvious security risk. This has been addressed in Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. You have to manually add the following registry key:
- Start the Registry Editor
- Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control key
- If there is no key called StorageDevicePolicies, create it. You do this by right-clicking the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control key, and selecting New > Key from the menu.
- Select the StorageDevicePolicies key
- From the menu select Edit > New > DWORD Value
- Name the new value WriteProtect
- Right-click the WriteProtect value and choose Modify
- In the Value Data: box enter 1
- Exit the registry editor, and restart your computer
To reverse, just delete the new WriteProtect value (or set the value to 0) and restart the computer.
Note: works on Windows XP Service Pack 2 & 3 only!