Encryption will be a part of my security setup, but I'm new to this. I don't need any details yet, I don't need softwares names yet, I just want to share thoughts about encryption in general. I have been reading the manual of TrueCrypt and I'm sure that this counts for any good encryption software and one thing catched my eyes. (I have no link of this, but you can read this in the "TrueCrypt User Guide.pdf" (page 64), when you download the zipped installation file of TrueCrypt) So if the key and password is well choosen, it would take ME thousands and even millions of years to decrypt my personal data, which also means that ANYBODY ELSE, especially the bad guys, would need the same time to decrypt my personal data. So why would I care if my personal data is stolen, directly by a hacker or indirectly by a malware. The thief can NOT READ and will NEVER READ it, because he won't live thousands of years, just like me. IMHO the only possible way for a bad guy to read an encrypted personal file is when he is able to read my RAM memory, where the personal file is in a decrypted state. So I have questions about this possible and only weakness : 1. Are the bad guys or malwares able to read the RAM memory? 2. How big is that threat ? 3. If they are able to do this, does that mean that encryption is worthless? On the other hand, I'm not an interesting target, because I'm just an average working guy without serious secrets. So I don't really need encryption, but I like : 1. to protect myself in a special way : they can steal my data, as long they can't read it. That is my basic approach and the main reason why I will use encryption. 2. to get familiar with encryption out of interest. 3. to nag the bad guys and to discourage them of stealing my personal data, even a cookie, which means I will encrypt my system and data partition. Of course there are members, who don't use encryption and what people don't do, people usually don't advice either, but this thread is about encryption. So I don't need negative comments, just because you don't encrypt. I don't need stories about losing passwords and keys either, because that won't happen to me. What do you think of all this ?