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#1 yoyosmuggler

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:17 PM

Hello I have a highly important question. I need to get my screen replaced on my laptop and I have some very sensitive data on here so I wanted to ask you guys if you can direct me on how to go about encrypting things so that no one can see them. I have intelectual property for my patenets and a few top secret government things from my time in the military that no one should be able to see or access. Please help.


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#2 yoyosmuggler

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:20 PM

also best buy said they would probably have to send it off to the repair place so it made me even more leery. I have an NDA for them to sign but we all know how some people are.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:15 PM

One of the best encryption tools I've found is TrueCrypt, which is free. You might also consider simply removing the hard drive. Most laptop hard drives can be removed quite easily and without opening the case (Apple products excluded.) Consult your manual (and your warranty if the screen replacement is an under-warranty repair) for details.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:27 PM

Why not copy the information to a flash drive and delete it from the hard drive? This way you are assured of the chain of custody of said data. This way you also have a back up copy if it ever needs to be restored.

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#5 yoyosmuggler

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:09 PM

thanks guys those two options sound pretty good only that deleteing or removeing still leaves a trace that can be reassembled if my knowledge isnt too far off. also I dont think you can get my hard drive out without dissasembleing the case.


Edited by yoyosmuggler, 26 March 2013 - 07:11 PM.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

If someone is that determined, encryption could be cracked too, if it's out of your possession.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:51 AM

<<...a few top secret government things from my time in the military...>>

 

Since I have been in the military and had TS/above access...I have to question this statement.  FedGov does not allow individual use of classified material by individuals that is not "in the line of duty", regardless of clearance level...and if you are storing such data...I suspect that you are in violation of legal statutes governing the safekeeping of such information.

 

The fact that you have previous malware topics...would also be of grave concern if you really have classified matter obtained from prior access within the military.

 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:57 PM

hamluis thankyou for your service man. its not absolutely top secret material just some of my history and my sniper manual so with my background it just makes me leery to allow anyone access to those things.

 

also everyone I found access to the hard drive could anyof you list precautionary measures i need to follow. such as static proof bag and things like that that need to be done to ensure drive is still useable ans data is secure.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:47 PM

You may consider in addition to backing up the data to use something like GPG. Also with Truecrypt you may create an encrypted container that can hold the files and be transfered to portable media, is password protected and uses standard aes encryption.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:53 PM

No special precautions ought to be necessary, just keep it away from magnetic fields and don't drop it.






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