Should I encrypt my hard drive?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by notageek, Feb 21, 2004.

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  1. notageek

    notageek Registered Member

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    Is encrypting a hard drive really worth it? What bad can happen if I don't encrypt it?
     
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    I'd be interested in hearing the answer to the first question myself - especially from the standpoint of "How much time does it take to actually get going and shutdown?" while you're waiting for an entire drive to encrypt/de-crypt.

    Unfortunately, I'm more impatient than paranoid. Pete
     
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    LOL I only encrypt certian files and folders with MxCrypt. It don't take as long. But I still would like to know what others think. :)
     
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    encrypting your entire HD.... BAD.... long painfull.... to many bad experience....
     
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    I haven't found a reason to encrypt my hard drive yet. I'm still looking for a good reason. :)
     
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    We're just starting a project to encrypt hard disks.
    Lots of our account managers carry loads of privacy sensitive stuff around. And we've got some kind of a fraud squad (we're an insurance company).

    Since I demonstrated a way to hack every Windows laptop, just using one floppy (it's a linux based hack tool, just for the grabs on the internet), the need to protect our data by more than just a password was made clear. Then there are lots of regulations around, so privacy is a main concern.

    Using encryption of the hard disk, any theft is just a financial issue, not a privacy problem anymore.

    We chose not to use EFS, because we want our users not to worry about how to use it. And there's a local Siebel database, that's secured now too,

    We use Safeboot with an ActiveCard token, to keep the key separate from the data. There's no performance problem. It''s all very transparant.
     
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