A few more thoughts about securing data

Yesterday, I posted a lengthy discussion of securing personal data (including email). After doing so, it occurred to me that I forgot to talk about encryption.  Short and sweet – if you have data on your computer that you believe (for whatever reason) is so private that something terrible would happen if it ever saw the light of day, then you should strongly consider encrypting your data.  This can be done using a variety of tools available, or if you have Vista and a machine with TPM, you can use BitLocker (part of Vista) to encrypt your hard drive.  I am not going to go into how to do so here, as there are plenty of well-written articles on how to use BitLocker.

Bottom line – if you are worried about your data on your home computer (especially your laptop), strongly consider encrypting that data.  As always, if you have questions, please let me know, and I will do my best to provide a coherent and clear answer.


About Tim Smeltzer
I am a husband, father, and technologist. While I am very much interested in almost all technology, my current area of specialty is secure mobile messaging. You will find me blogging from time to time on mobile technology - what I think is cool, what I think is not cool, and how to do things. Please be nice if you leave me comments. I am really trying to help!

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