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How to Use Your NinjaStik on a Mac

NinjaStiks will work with many Mac computers, but only those with Intel processors and the ability to boot from USB.   The NinjaStiks have have been tested and working flawlessly on a first gen MacBook Pro and a second gen Mac Mini.  We have also had customers with the MacBook Air 4,2 boot right up with…
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Changing the encryption passphrase

The NinjaStik is built with a default encryption passphrase of ‘password’. You need to change the passphrase otherwise the encryption isn’t really doing any good. Boot up your NinjaStik and follow the steps: From the NinjaStik desktop, click on Disks. From the Disk management screen select the NinjaStik drive. Then select the LUKS encrypted partition…
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NinjaStik Now Instructions

You likely already know this, but to be sure, the NinjaStik Now is a downloadable image file. You burn it to a drive (usually a USB) and then boot your computer up from the USB. We divide the process into those three items. Download, Burn, Boot. Download the NinjaStik Now image file The NinjaStik image…
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Change the login password

The NinjaStik has a default login and password. You need to change this to ensure the security of your system. While the encryption passphrase protects the integrity of your data, the login and password protect the integrity of your operating system and user data. The login password prevents unauthorized modifications to your operating system and…
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How to use your NinjaStik with a PC

General PC instructions to boot from USB Step 1 – Turn off your computer! If you plug the NinjaStik into a running computer it will say ‘device is empty’ or ‘device requires formatting’.  Do not format the NinjaStik.  Turn off your computer! Step 2 – Plug in the NinjaStik and then turn on your computer.…
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Reencrypt your NinjaStik

Each time you make a new NinjaStik you will need to reencrypt to change the encryption keys. Shared encryption keys compromise the security. Apologies for the understatement. The NinjaStik has a common encryption key as it originates from a single image. The reencryption tool is nothing more than a basic ubuntu operating system with a…
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How to choose a startup disk on your Mac to boot from USB

You can tell your Mac which disk to start up from when more than one startup disk is connected. A “startup disk” is a volume or partition of a drive that contains a usable operating system. You can set your Mac to automatically use a specific startup volume, or you can temporarily override this choice…
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Apple Boot Support – Boot a Mac from USB

Startup key combinations for Mac when trying to boot from the NinjaStik USB. Some Mac features are available by holding down certain keys during startup. Press and hold the keys immediately after you turn on your Mac and hear the startup sound. Keep holding until the described behavior occurs. These combinations work with Intel-based Mac computers. Hold…
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Acer laptop – boot from USB

Acer laptops including the Aspire and Travelmate series can work very well with the NinjaStik but often require a quick change to the BIOS to allow them to boot from USB. To use your NinjaStik USB with newer models of the Acer Aspire laptops (usually running Windows 7 or 8) you will need to make a…
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Samsung – boot from usb

The Samsung laptops running Windows may have secure boot or UEFI boot enabled which prevents the system from running anything but Windows. This is an easy change to make and will not affect normal operation or Windows. Turn off the computer, unplug the NinjaStik, turn on the computer, press F2 right after turning it on,…
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