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by snapson101 / November 20, 2006 7:09 AM PST

I need a full disk encryption program that uses preboot authentification. I am mobile a lot an want to minimize the impact of theft because I have several sensitive documents on my hard drive. A normal password wont suffice since I know that a LiveCD can be used to get around any passwords and simply use that alternate OS to dump the SAM file and run it through Lopht Crack (i had to do taht once for a buddy who lost his admin password so I know it is possible). Any suggestions for a program of this sort? It would be even better if the program stored a key on a USB-drive and required that drives input for the OS to boot.

Thank You In Advance

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Look at Thinkpads that do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2006 7:37 AM PST
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After the fact such things tend to fail on people so don't ask me to suggest an after market solution. BTDT, watched grown men cry.

Bob

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Think Windows Vista...
by John.Wilkinson / November 20, 2006 8:49 AM PST
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The Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista include BitLocker Drive Encryption, which does just that. It creates two separate partitions, the "boot volume" and the "system volume," locking the latter to both a password and a USB key. You cannot access the contents of the locked partition(s) without signing in through the 'front door' (a live CD, hooking it up as a slave, etc will accomplish nothing) and Microsoft has touted it as being unbreakable, which boils down to it likely taking a considerable amount of time before someone learns how to break the encryption and market the software. It's about as safe as you can get at this point.

If you have an MSDN OS subscription you can download Vista right now. If you don't have that you can try CompUSA on November 30th, where they will be having an early release with limited stock. Otherwise you'll have to wait until January 30th, which is when it's scheduled to be widely available.

John

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