I am not so computer savvy, but learning more, and trying to be more careful and security conscious. In that light I have recently tried to protect my financial data data etc by 1. using veracrypt to encrypt the folders, and 2, backing it up on cloud. One additional quirk is that I have a separate user account for this stuff, which is on the EDrive, so i needed to redo permissions to prevent other users or even the guest account from seeing it.
1. From what I read, even if I delete materials, and then delete the recycle bin, there are all sorts of traces to be found on the pc that can be retrieved if someone wants to, and stole my pc. That is basically why i encrypted the financial info, in case someone stole it (or I suppse got into it by hacking). So is there a solution to this - can these traces be deleted somehow. I suppose one approach is to encrypt the entire pc, but I have read horror stories of average users locking themselves out, and others on this forum have recomended not to tdo that for average users. So, I think it best for me not to do . is there anyother approach that is relatively safe to do
2. I think I read the same issue exists for printers? is that true. so someone can take that and get at data that has been printed????? if that is the case, what good is encrypting teh computer unless you solve that problem. Or don't print anything with your data on it, like a tax return. but then why bother to have a printer!
I suppose this is one of those tradeoffs, how much do you want to do to protect your data at what cost/risk etc, but curious what others suggest.
Lastly, unrelatd, but curious, can a hacker figure out who i am, my email address where i live, etc from this forum, not sure it matters, just curious.