lee_b at digitalunleashed.com
Fri Jul 8 15:13:22 UTC 2005
On Friday 08 Jul 2005 15:36, René L. Reingard wrote:
> what do you mean by encrypting my files(system), i would do better work?
It would mean that, when your computer is powered-down, the information on the
disk would be virtually unreadable, whether deleted or not. When up and
running, however, it would act as normal.
Basically, you need to wipe your *partitions*, including swap, then encrypt
everything on it. That makes the information computer's hard drive(s) just
look like junk, when it's turned off. Ideally, also wipe memory when
shutting down and/or booting up. Definitely, disable any unnecessary logging
and caching, since you probably have log files filled with passwords typed at
the wrong time, etc. ;)
The problem is that computers leak information all too easily. They copy it
around all over the place, leaving traces everywhere. They create log files
that record what you did with a file of a certain name, etc. That one copy
of the file on your disk that you wipe is the only copy you *know* of, but
there are probably more: cached in the computer's memory, copied to temporary
files, logged as where you downloaded it from or what you created it with,
and what you did with it before deleting it, etc.
> and third, i do not have any mess on my machine, Sir.
I meant the mess of those log files and swap files etc. that I mentioned ;)
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