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How do I Encrypt My Windows Hard Drive? Why You Should I Do It and Which Options Are Best?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

We all want to keep our data safe. Whether it’s personal or for business, we don’t want it to be stolen, altered or deleted. From the violation of individual privacy to breaches that cost companies millions to recover from, losing control of data can be damaging in numerous ways.

There are many techniques for keeping data safe and any good security policy must combine a range of them. One important piece of the data-security puzzle is full-disk encryption. This encrypts everything on the disk, apart from the master boot record.

full-disk encryption

Encryption allows you to make data unreadable unless someone has the key. With full-disk encryption, the key must be entered when you boot your device in order to access the disk or any of its files.

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Should I use an external hard drive or a cloud backup service?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A dilemma faced by so many individuals and small businesses … is copying my data to an external hard drive good enough, or do I need to pay for some cloud-based backup service?  Maybe I should do both?

The good news is that you are asking the question!  Make sure your data is backed up …. hoping things will “just work” is wishful thinking and will bite you some day.

What are you backing up?

Cloud backup services and external hard drives only backup the information actually stored on your computer(s).  They do not backup information stored elsewhere (e.g. email you have have stored at your email service provider) … you should also make sure important externally stored information is also being backed up.

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Encrypting Sent Email — An Often Overlooked Part of End-to-End Encryption

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

You are proactive and security conscious.  You use end-to-end encryption software, like PGP or S/MIME or LuxSci SecureLine, to send your sensitive messages to their destinations, ensuring that the message content is encrypted the entire way … because otherwise, email is just plain insecure.

Oh – but what about the copies of these messages saved to your “Sent Email” folders?  Are they encrypted or secure?  Should they be?

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