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Advice on encrypting files backed up

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by OM2, Dec 27, 2010.

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  1. OM2

    OM2 Thread Starter

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    Can someone advise me on how best to encrypt files that I backup - whether backed up onto discs or an external hard drive

    It just dawned on me that files I have just backed up onto discs could just be taken and accessed!
    (To be honest, I'm not really that concerned - nothing worth selling anyway!)

    Are there any open source programs that I can use?

    ALSO: should I be bothered about enrypting files on my machines??
    I only thought of this when asking the above question
    Surely this would add an extra overhead that might make any machine really slow?

    Thanks


    OM
     
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi,
    TrueCrypt is open source and often suggested here at TSG. I'm not sure if you can apply it retrospectively to CDs/DVDs but it's easy to use with USB sticks and external hard-drives. Also works in Windows and linux (eg Ubuntu)

    http://www.truecrypt.org/

    Hope this is of interest.

    Richard
     
  3. OM2

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    ruchard, that seems great
    what is the overhead in performance like?
    does it make ur machine run slower?
     
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    Not noticed any effect on performance.
     
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