And this bit got me thinking.
Yep, far too much paranoia about hard drive erasure. A full format in Windows (Vista or later) writes zeros over the drive. No-one who doesn't have access to a magnetic microscope and endless spare time is going to be able to recover data. However thoroughly smashing it would be quicker...
How about just formating it and throwing it in the rubbish bin?
While people are worried when disposing of a old hard drive that somebody might find the drive and recover the data, I bet these same people do not use drive encryption.
How many of you use a laptop? How many of you take the laptop with you to work, or another public place such as a train, airport, coffee shop?
Every year thousands of laptops are lost and stolen, I bet the majority of those are not encrypted.
Even at home your Desktop PC is at risk of being stolen. And I bet a lot of people here also use Auto log in for websites, And Auto Complete software when creating an account. And I bet these same people have their passwords saved some place like Documents folder as a plain .txt or word.
Now I hear you say, " But you need a password to log into my pc " You are kidding right? A log in password is not that hard to bypass, Regardless of Operating System. Its not to hard to mount a drive and explore its contents and export files.
Drive encryption changes the rules.
Done correctly even places like the NSA CGHQ and CIA might find that it may take years if ever to recover anything but gibberish without the key.
Now my question is.
Do you encrypt your hard drives and USB sticks? And if no why not.
Edited by Animal, 10 July 2015 - 11:43 PM.