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Endpoint Security: How to Protect Data on a Laptop

Apr 13, 2010, 20:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ronald V. Pacchiano)

"If you run a version of Windows that doesn't include BitLocker, you need to use a 3rd party encryption program. There are many available, but one of the most popular is TrueCrypt, which supports Microsoft Windows, both 32 and 64-bit versions, Mac OS X and the Linux operating systems.

"TrueCrypt supports a total of 11 different algorithms, and can encrypt the boot partition, an entire drive or a USB flash drive. It even has the capability to create and run a hidden encrypted operating system. The user interface is a bit sparse and not overly intuitive, but if you study it a bit you'll figure it out.

"The TrueCrypt site is also packed with extensive documentation that does a tremendous job explaining just about everything you'll ever need to know about encryption and the encryption process: a Beginner's Tutorial, defining each of the algorithms available, the benefits of hidden volumes, erasing signs of the encryption process and so much more. Best of all, it's free."

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