In gen­eral, when one uses the term ‘open source’, Linux is prob­a­bly the first thing that comes to mind. But even if you’re a Win­dows user, you can use open source soft­ware! This ar­ti­cle shows you how, by touch­ing upon two key se­cu­rity mea­sures: en­cryp­tion

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You don’t have to be part of the FBI to use this type of soft­ware, but you can be as se­cure. bven if your hard disk or flash drive gets stolen, en­crypt­ing your data will save the day. Af­ter all, the hard­ware is ex­pend­able, your data isn’t. One of the best en­cryp­tion soft­ware out there is good ol’ TrueCrypt— it pro­vides the most ro­bust al­go­rithms to en­crypt not only bits of data, but full hard drives as well. The key ben­e­fit of some­thing like TrueCrypt is that it pro­vides on- the- fly en­cryp­tion, and it is cross- plat­form— of­fer­ing en­cryp­tion ben­e­fits across Win­dows, Linux and Mac sys­tems. What this re­ally means is that your data will re­main en­crypted even when you’re us­ing it. The sys­tem will trans­par­ently en­crypt or de­crypt your files in the back­ground, as re­quired. I will show you how to en­crypt your data in two modes ( make sure you back up your data be­fore at­tempt­ing to en­crypt any­thing— some­thing as sim­ple as a power- cut dur­ing the ini­tial en­cryp­tion process can cause data loss that may be ir­recov­er­able, es­pe­cially while en­crypt­ing drives or par­ti­tions). 1. Con­tain­ers: 7hLV LV dRnH Ey FrHDWLng Dn HnFrySWHd fiOH, NnRwn DV D ‘FRnWDLnHr’. 7hLV fiOH LV WhHn PRunWHd Ln Win­dows as a drive. Data within this drive is en­crypted in real-time, as ex­plained above. Full-disk en­cryp­tion: 7hLV PRdH LV VDIHr WhDn WhH firVW. AV the term im­plies, it en­crypts your en­tire drive or par­ti­tion. Be­fore we be­gin, let’s down­load and in­stall TrueCrypt (from the link given at the end of the ar­ti­cle) and run the set up.

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