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6 Free Ways to Stay Secure in the New Year

Dec 13, 2010, 18:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph Moran)

"Encrypt Your Data

"If you have sensitive data on a system—particularly one easily lost or stolen like a laptop—don't count on something like an operating system password to keep it from prying eyes. To really protect your data, you need to encrypt it.

"TrueCrypt, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, can create an encrypted storage container disguised as an ordinary file and can encrypt whole entire disk partitions or drives, including USB drives and those that have an operating system installed. And on a modern PC, there's no perceptible performance penalty. Start Using Real Passwords

"Far too often people use the same easy-to-guess password for countless sites around the Internet because the secure approach--coming up with strong and unique passwords for each site you frequent-- requires considerable effort"

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