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Best encryption program that runs from start up

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#1 Matt98sct


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 11:18 AM

I run a small business and a few weeks ago had my laptop stolen. I had a windows password as well as folder passwords on the computer and of course none of that stopped the person from getting into our email and files. They tried to order credit cards from our accounts and on and on. It's been a real mess to say the least. I have a new laptop now..it's a dell with windows 8. I am adding the prey program I have been told about to help me find my laptop if stolen but I want to add encryption as well. I would like something simple where I can put in a password at startup so the entire drive is encrypted but once I'm in my computer I can do my work. Can someone recommend a encryption program that fits the bill?

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:03 PM

Bitlocker comes with Windows 8.1 Pro. We use it on a few machines and it has worked flawlessly.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 03:48 PM

Bitlocker is an option, if you have the right version of Windows.

Make sure you use a PIN.


And if I'm not mistaken, Prey will no longer work if you use full disk encryption.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 10:30 PM

Some laptops have GPS tracking built in the bios as well as TMP modules. Bitlocker fulldisk encryption will keep data safe either way. It's best to keep the secret stuff (personal accounts info) stored on USB. Reason for that, is it's easier to store or hide in a real safe or safety depsosit box, Easier to snail mail if neccessary. Easier to grab in a emergency situation like a house fire etc. Sandisk includes crypto software with all their USB drives. It's a stand alone software and can be ran on any machine. Once the vault is created you drag files to it. The software will only encrypt/decrypt with Sandisk drives so the vault has to be on the disk to do that. However, once the files are placed in the vault (containment file) it can be moved and stored elsewhere like a CDROM, Cloud storage, HD etc. in order to decrypt it you then move it back to a Sandisk drive. There is also whats called Bitlocker to GO where you can encrypt a file on any usb stick. You can also secure your backups into a encrypted container. There is just loads of different things you can try out and lots of commerical programs. Remember to always have at least 2-3 backups. A USB drive can die without warning just like a HD can. So make a copy on cdrom or cloud too.



Update: Sandisk encryption program is 128bit AES, which is equal to 2048bit RSA.

Edited by technonymous, 15 July 2014 - 10:33 PM.

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