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2018-01-18

USB Stick: 3 Uses Of The Device You May Not Know About



Whenever you see or hear someone mention USB Stick or device, what comes to your mind is that it is used for the transfer or storage of files. That is absolutely correct but also, there a lot of unknown uses of this device.
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Without being concerned about the USB Stick small nature, it saves cost and can also do unknown things like becoming a portable web server and acting as a hard drive cache. Apart from the already stated unknown things USB Stick can do; it can Lock & Unlock Your Computer, Connect to Wireless Networks, etc.

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Just like any other storage device, USB Sticks are built to accommodate a certain capacity of files (they are graded depending on the kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes or even terabytes of files they can store).

See the 3 uses of a USB Stick that most people don't know about:

1. As a Portable Web Server

For web developers, this may interest you. You can easily turn your USB stick into portable web server by installing Server2Go which happens to be one of the most widely used. It is a free Portable Webserver package that has Apache, MySQL, SQLite, Perl and PHP.
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After installing the Server2Go in your flash drive, you can then plug the USB stick into any Windows computer and launch your web server without installing the Server2Go in the computer.

With this done, you're certainly sure that whenever you pick up your USB stick, you have picked up your web server.

2. To Lock & Unlock Your Computer

Just as keys unlock padlocks, a USB stick can be used to lock and unlock computer. You can turn your USB stick into a key that can unlock your computer by downloading the free PREDATOR application.
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The Predator Application converts the device into an access control that can lock and unlock the computer. To lock your computer, unplug USB stick from the computer and to unlock, plug the USB stick to the computer without typing any password. The computer screen goes dark when you unplug and comes back on when you plug the device.

3. Easy connection to WI-FI

Windows operating system is built in a way that it can save your current wireless network’s name, password, and other information to a USB stick. With this Windows feature, there will be no need for you to type your password whenever you want to connect to your WiFi on other Computers.

You can save your Wi-Fi settings to a USB flash drive by clicking the wireless icon in your system tray, right-click your current wireless network, and select Properties.
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On the Connection tab down the page, click the "Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive" link.
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Click on the Next button and Windows will automatically copy the settings for the configured network to your USB stick. Plug the USB stick to another computer, and then double-click the setupSNK.exe file on it to install your network profile on the computer.

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