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Data at Rest Remains Secure With TrueCrypt

Jan 23, 2009, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Business or personal data stored in this way represents a huge security risk: hundreds of thousands of laptops and memory sticks are lost or stolen every year, and hardly a day goes by without reports in the media about large organizations losing customers' confidential information when computer equipment goes astray. The cost of losing this data can be very high - data may have to be recreated or regathered, customers may have to be compensated, and there may be legal ramifications and a loss to the organization's reputation. Yet this risk can be mitigated almost completely by taking the simple precaution of encrypting the data before it is stored.

"Microsoft now includes its BitLocker data encryption system in some versions of Windows. But if you use a version of Windows without BitLocker, or if you use Linux or Mac OS X - or if you simply don't want to use an encryption system provided by Microsoft - then the good news if there is an open source alternative called TrueCrypt which is powerful, easy to use, and free."

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