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Keeping Your Data Safe

As the old adage goes: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” When you are on the road with your laptop, chances are that the data on your hard drive is a good deal more valuable that the computer. And that does not even take into account all the dozens of NDAs and confidentiality agreements you signed. (Does “reasonable attorney fees” ring a bell?) On top of theft and leaving your laptop behind somewhere, you also have to worry about official snooping every time you enter the country.

Technology to the rescue. For paranoics like me, TrueCrypt is the ideal tool: industrial-strength encryption, partition or drive encryption, and (the cherry on top of the whipped cream) two levels of plausible deniability in case you are forced to reveal the password. Documented freeware, available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Don’t forget your password, though!

(Cross-posted from Language Technology News.)

2 Responses to “Keeping Your Data Safe”

  1. Bougouma Fall says:

    Wish this was on the previous issue: my laptop was stolen at a conference a month ago and I’m still trying to figure out my new one, plus finding my way in CDs and external disks….Thanks so much for the tip!

    Bougouma

  2. Michael says:

    Regular backups and encryption of sensitive material are the two most obvious but at the same time most neglected steps of good computer housekeeping. In the last ATA Chronicle, Jost Zetzsche recommended some on-line backup utilities (e.g. Carbonite), which help to recover lost data. TrueCrypt prevents data from falling into the wrong hands.

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