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How and why your full disk encryption isn't as secure as you think

Mar 23, 2010, 14:03 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Full disk encryption is becoming a very popular method of protecting ones self from data theft nowadays, especially among linux users. What someone might not know is that setting up secure full disk encryption isn't as easy as selecting it from a linux installer or choosing the option in some software program. If you use full disk encryption, you could be, and most likely are, vunerable to a multitude of attacks that could render your efforts useless. Your probably at risk if:

* Your kernel isnt encrypted and is on your local drive (the standard option for most 'full disk encryption' solutions)
* You have a firewire port
* You leave your computer unattended at any time its on, or directly after its been shut down

"This tutorial will show you how these are threats and how to deal with each one of them. I will explain how to solve these problems only on linux, but it should be adaptable to any *nix OS."

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