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Western Digtal External HDD encryption

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Mojave66, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Mojave66

    Mojave66 Thread Starter

    Oct 31, 2017
    I currently have encryption turned on for my WD external HDDs. But I've read a few articles that say their encryption is very easy to hack. I'm not quite sure of the technical issues involved, but I would like to make sure my content is safe if I lose a drive or it's stolen.

    I could easily switch over to using VeraCrypt containers but I do like the simplicity of WD's interface (not that VeraCrypt isn't pretty simple too, I guess, haha).

    Anyway, I would like some practical advice. Thanks!
  2. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
    Well, if it is simple to hack, then I would switch over to Veracrypt.
  3. 737Simpilot


    Jun 25, 2017
    I use Truecrypt myself for all of my computers. Main reason is that it's been audited and passed with no back doors, etc. Outside of some sloppy code it's solid. You can't use it in UEFI though. That was going to be the next version of Truecrypt, but they ceased operations all due to what I think was a Lavabit situation in which the Feds or whatever told them to stop making it since they couldn't crack it. And I know from some articles I've read that the FBI, etc couldn't crack a full disk encrypted computer.

    There are drawbacks and if you use Veracrypt or Truecrypt you need to read the entire manual. I know Truecrypt comes with the manual, not sure about Veracrypt.

    Yes, there are a few vulnerabilities. But that only applies to a computer that's on. Not off or an external HDD. Any computer regardless of encryption left on is vulnerable.

    Use a minimum 20 character length password and commit it to memory. I have a unique system that uses the first letter of music lyrics sprinkled with numbers and symbols. Since I use the password every day It's not difficult to not remember it.
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