One of the worst possible things that can happen to your computer and/or your data storage methods is a computer virus Protection.
There are thousands of dodgy sites on the internet where you could accidentally download a virus,
and almost no way to tell whether a site is dangerous or not until it is far too late.
Many websites detail ways to protect both your computer and
subsequently your data storage devices from computer viruses,
but they do require paying attention to a few things and sometimes doing a bit of research.
It would be bad enough to get a virus on your computer,
but then to download the virus onto a thumb drive and install it in another computer would be a disaster.
Virus Protection Basic Precautions:
If you are going to plug a thumb drive into your computer,
stop and think for a minute about the possible consequences of that.
You should never plug in a thumb drive
if you are not sure where it came from or who installed the data on it.
Make sure to label thumb drives so that you can tell what is on them without plugging them in.
Use thumb drives for one purpose only,
such as keeping work drives separate from home use drives, and entertainment drives separate from important file storage.
Maintain a good antivirus program on any computer you use and set up a schedule so that your computer is scanned for viruses regularly.
Also scan your storage devices on a regular basis, especially if you use them in different computers often.
If you do detect a virus on a thumb drive you will need to take steps to remove it.
The most efficient thing to do is to find a tutorial and follow all the steps carefully
so that you can remove the virus and still have a usable thumb drive with your data still intact.