Storing and transferring data in USB drives has become quite a common practice among computer users. It will not be wrong if we say that USB has become one of the most popular ways of connecting external devices to the computer. Nowadays, we may see that the majority of external storage devices, printers, scanners, audio devices with built in sound chips and other peripherals such as mouse, keyboards, webcam, etc., are also connected through USB to the PC. On the one side it is a benefit for all the users but, you may have experienced a situation where you sometimes may want to prevent other people from connecting USB devices to your PC. Especially in cases where you share your computer with many others and you want to avoid any sharing or downloading of data from the PC to external drives. For such scenarios, we have already discussed few apps earlier, but today we are going to discuss a utility which is although similar to those previous utilities but it is different due to some of its distinct features.
USB Manager is basically a small, easy to use and a freely available utility which displays the four USB device types that it supports in its interface. As soon as it starts, you may see all four of them that is storage devices, USB printers, USB audio devices and USB scanners, are enabled by default indicated by the green colored symbol. From this interface, you can disable a specific device type, e.g. printers, with just a single click on the device icon present there.
This utility can be downloaded from the link given below and after installing it in your system, you may observe that all it takes is a few clicks to disable or enable USB devices on the system. Along with the above mentioned feature, it also provides a feature to set a program access password in the options to avoid those others enable devices again that you have disabled.
It is very obvious that this utility i.e., USB Manager serves a specific purpose. You may observe that fact that depending on the USB devices, some are not disabled even though they should be. For eg., in case of some devices such as headsets it may not prove as fruitful as in normal scenario. Despite this flaw, I think Windows users can give it a try by downloading the software from the link given below.
One thing which must be noted and kept in mind is that the program offers to install an optional software package during installation. Make sure you click cancel here if you do not want to install several unrelated programs that may also make changes to your browser’s default search engine and homepage which you may later observe as a headache for you.