Maybe you’re ready to make the leap and install Linux on your primary desktop device, but most folks aren’t. Maybe you are already a Linux master, and you need more security. Guess what you can do- load up a Linux distro on a USB drive and run it safely, portably, securely, and most importantly- flexibly. One of our acclaimed training advisors, Mike Pace, took the time to write up an example for creating an encrypted bootable USB on ITNinja.com for you. He goes into a distro called Mint, but there’s loads of flavors, and many of them are capable of running from a flash drive. There’s even a website (pendrivelinux.com) that’s gathered many instructables for exactly this purpose actually.
Check out the blog, and review some details of getting started into your next adventure of learning at http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/create-a-bootable-encrypted-usb-running-linux-mint-16