encryption of security files

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  1. online-Paranoia

    online-Paranoia Registered Member

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    Hello. I have a question and am not sure ware to post so sorry if this is in the wrong place.

    I am trying to stop my computer from getting hacked.
    anyways I got this idea of encryption for a few files and I was wondering
    if it is safe to encrypt these after I set the settings.

    %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc /s
    %SystemRoot%\system32\perfmon.msc /s
    %SystemRoot%\system32\secpol.msc /s
    %SystemRoot%\system32\compmgmt.msc /s
    %SystemRoot%\system32\odbcad32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\Com\comexp.msc

    Thankx for any input.
     
  2. iceni60

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    you could look into transparent drive encryption. that will encrypt the whole hard drive but let you use your computer normally. anyone outside your computer wouldn't be able to see anything. it works by asking for a passphrase when the computer boots up, so if you forget your passphrase you won't be able to get to your files either :eek:

    i'm not sure about encrypting the places you mention, i wouldn't encrypt them. you can probably get the information they hold in other places, like the registry. are they the kind of things a hacker would go for??
     
  3. online-Paranoia

    online-Paranoia Registered Member

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    ok thanks for the info. Ill try your idea. with transparent drive encryption would I have need for a firewall?
     
  4. iceni60

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    yes, you still need a firewall. you can use a program called axcrypt to encrypt files and folders too. all you do once it's installed is right-click any file and select 'encrypt'
     
  5. iceni60

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    i used this program once to encrypt my whole hard drive -
    http://www.ce-infosys.com.sg/english/downloads/free_compusec/index.html

    at the tme it was very difficult to work out how to get it working - the first few reboots took me 10/15 minutes to work it out, i almost gave up and reformatted my computer :cautious:
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=371285#post371285

    here's another option for encrypting stuff - Truecrypt. it's the software recommended most and is used by most security experts, it's very good. here's a video by irongeek showing how to get it working -
    http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=videos/truecrypt1

    here's a podcast about it -
    http://www.twit.tv/sn41

    http://www.truecrypt.org/

    but, axcrypt is the easiest thing to get working (install it, then to de/encrypt files just right-click them and select de/encrypt, you just have to remember your password)

    if you are worried about someone getting into your computer encryption is great, but you should think of other things, like hardening your computer settings, first.
     
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