On Wed, 23 May 2007 18:12:36 -0400 Greg Folkert <email@example.com> wrote: > On Wed, 2007-05-23 at 17:01 -0500, Ron Johnson wrote: > > After all the stories about laptops full of sensitive data being > > stolen, and tapes full of sensitive data being lost, you still have > > to ask why someone wants to encrypt private data? > > It comes to mind; why all this data is on a "portable device" in the > first place? That's like asking, why lock your apartment in the first place if all the lock does is merely slow down the burglar? We're not talking about well-equipped secret services or dedicated hackers cracking encrypted portable disks. We're talking about stopping nosy thieves or finders of lost stuff from poking their nose in private email or photos. A properly encrypted disk is a guarantee that such data will remain private in the vast majority of cases. In fact, to those that really want to get at the data, a properly encrypted (as in: unguessable passphrase, long enough key) laptop will make any other approach than directly attacking the laptop more feasible. --D.
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