Sunday, 24 June 2012

Protecting and Encrypting Laptop Harddisk and Data

We have discussed a few ideas on how to protect yourself when removing data from your office. Of course we recommend not taking any data outside your secure environment and of course cloud computing ensures data is available everywhere however if you have data that does reside on your laptop then you must protect yourself.

The best way to protect yourself is to at least backup your laptop. Use MozyPro for Business to backup your laptop. This is a great first step.

The second option would be to use a virtual file server such as Egnyte Hybrid File Server. This would allow your data on your laptop to be in sync with the Cloud file server and of course in sync with files in your office or office desktop.

Of course all of this is great and even common sense as if you have lost your laptop or simply had a hard disk failure, then all your data can be recovered. I have had two disk crashes on my laptop this year and never lost any data!

However if you have data on your laptop that others should not see you should encrypt your complete laptop disk along with any USB disk drive you use. There are a few solutions available, for example, the Sophos Data Protection Suite. Another option is to use open source (free software). Sophos provide free file encryption and can be downloaded here. This can be used for creating archives or for emailing files safely. Ths Sophos Data Protection Suite also provides for Cloud based encryption when using the Egnyte Hybrid File Server so even your Cloud data can be protected.

A popular solution is called True Encrypt. True Encrypt is free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.

I would recommend encrypting the complete laptop's disk. However if you wish to have double protection you can then create volumes on your laptop that are additional containers that can be encrypted. So keeping top secret information in this container will give you another layer of protection. So while you may be legally forced to pass over the login password, you should not have to provide the password for that container. So try and keep one step ahead of our friends that want your data!!  Look after yourself when you are travelling.

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