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TrueCrypt: Should I Use It?

by mlauzon / February 17, 2013 12:59 AM PST

I finally got a passport for the first time in my life -- I'm almost 40 -- and I plan on taking my first trip across the border in 23 years, back then you didn't need a passport.

So, my questions are:

Should I encrypt my laptop hard drives (there are 2 seperate ones), before I go?

And, is there any other security/privacy software that you'd recommend, besides the usual ones?

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Why not?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2013 5:41 AM PST

It's not as if you don't have an unencrypted backup copy in case anything goes horribly wrong. The forum has had some posts by folk that want to get back into the encrypted folder or drive so the first replies are "restore from backups."

I travel a lot and don't bother as nothing is on my travel laptop that I can't lose. In fact, I plan for the worst case scenario which is the laptop is stolen or goes over the side of the boat.


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by mlauzon / February 17, 2013 7:13 AM PST
In reply to: Why not?


Since you mentioned getting your laptop stolen as a worst case scenario, there is a preventative solution called Prey:

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Don't need it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2013 11:47 AM PST
In reply to: Prey

But I have told folks about that software. Good stuff.

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