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  1. Glock Man_G19

    Glock Man_G19

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    Do you guys use any Encryption software for your PC, email, etc? If so, what brand do you use?

    Thanks.
     
  2. volky

    volky NRA Member Millennium Member

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    glock19_fan ... --- ...

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    TrueCrypt. Windows encryption has come a long way as well.
     
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    kestrou Pin Member #4

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    PGP - the original, and still the best! :)

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    Not free though. And imho not as easy to use as TrueCrypt.
     
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    kestrou Pin Member #4

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    Didn't know "free" was a criteria - ya cheap bastiges! :tongueout:

    I'll have to check out TrueCrypt - not familiar with it. ;)

    kestrou
     
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    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    Say, just as an example, I wanted to encrypt a folder, let's just say "Uninteresting" in my "Videos" folder so people won't have access to it, I would be interested in how to do this.


    Just as an example.
     
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    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    "Free" is ALWAYS a bonus.
     
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    Try it, you'll love it!
     
  10. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    This :thumbsup:
     
  11. dotsun

    dotsun Shark Stomper

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    Yes, Truecrypt is your answer. end thread
     
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    +1000000 Use this if you never want anyone to access your information without your approval. Hell even the FBI can't get into it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy


    http://www.pcworld.com/article/110841/pgp_encryption_proves_powerful.html

     
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    I love all this stuff about "nearly impossible", "as of 2007", "technical difficulty", etc as if they're just not quite good enough to "crack" it.

    The whole point of real encryption isn't that it's super hard or brilliantly complicated or something. The methods are simple and well-known. It's not a matter of "breaking" the encryption (there's no such thing) or being a really clever hacker.

    There are just so many combinations that a billion computers trying a billion a second would take longer than the age of the universe. The point isn't to make it really hard, the point is to push the physics past anything worth trying, ever (or until we make a physics breakthrough that shatters our current understanding of math).
     
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    Encryption has gotten so good that they don't attempt to break the encryption, they instead go after the password with password crackers that use dictionaries and huge databases of commonly used passwords and phrases.

    The best encryption in the world is no better than the password you're using.
     
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    +2 on the TrueCrypt. Excellent program.
     
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    Professionally I use WinMagic (not free) and personally I use TrueCrypt (free and easy and widely used enough to have a huge community support base for how tos and such).

    I can wholeheartedly recommend either product but, again, I personally use TrueCrypt.

    Encrypting data is not something only bad people or government entities should do. If you have data on your PC, thumb drive, potrable hard drive ect, that you would be uncomfortable displaying on a billboard in your state's capitol then you probably should be encrypting your data too.
     
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    HKUSP45Css

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    Many people never get into the habit of using a password that would withstand a brute force attack on a decent PC longer than a couple of hours. Which is just crazy to me. Of course many people also write all their passwords down and put the post it note right on their monitor bezel.

    Folks, come up with a good password that is at least 8-12 characters, mixed case, contains special characters, numbers and doesn't contain a dictionary word.

    It isn't tough to do. Try this "Keep and Bear" transforms to "k33P @nD B3@R"

    The spaces, numbers and symbols make a bruteforce attack much more difficult, the 13 characters make it much more difficult as well.

    Once you've typed it in about a dozen times it will become second nature to you. It doesn't have to be so complex that you can't remeber it but it should be so complex that I can't guess it or brute force it in any reasonable length of time.

    Also, don't fool your self that your Windows startup password is good enough, I can blank the local admin password on any windows box in about 2 minutes if I can get my hands on the physical machine or hard drive.
     
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    BMH Lifetime Member

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    I don't use encryption on my computer. Instead I use encryption on my thumbdrives. Having it on my computer only when I want it instead of all the time provides an extra layer of protection. You might want to try Ironkey.

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/security/99f1/
     
  19. Glock20 10mm

    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Personally, all of my passwords are a minimum of 10 characters long and use complex constructs as shown below. Having once been hacked (long time ago... back when 32MB of RAM was massive!) I made security my top priority. Another reason I move to Linux in 1999.

    One way to defeat password crackers is to use complex and 10+ character passwords.

    Something like this would put a real crimp in their attempts:

    *P@s$0u^

    -f@!!*s0f~

    $t*g#in6

    Use a mnemonic to remember the password. Also an asterisk or other special character used to be quite effective in confusing the cracker, and I believe it still does throw them for a loop. I learned the above password technique from a guy that hacks computers for fun and loves encryption challenges.:dunno:

    That's my $0.02 on the matter for anyone that cares.