Hard drive encryption sounds like an intimating concept, mostly because it is. The thought of taking your precious files, then using a mathematical formula to convert them into random noise before scattering them back across your disk is a hard sell.
The harsh reality is, mobile computing is on the rise, and so is laptop theft. Depending on who you ask, anywhere from 500,000 to over 1,000,000 laptops are lost or stolen in the US each year. In some cases, the data on the hard drive is often more valuable than the machine itself.
To determine if disk encryption is something you should be considering, simply ask yourself if your PC contains anything you wouldn’t want posted publicly on the internet. If the answer to this is yes (and I assume for most of us it is) then encryption is worth considering.
The good news is you no longer need to be a member of the CIA to lock down your machine with government level encryption. In fact, one of the most highly regarded and powerful encryption tools available is both free, and open source (our favorite combination!)
You can protect all your data, or only what you choose. You can mask your boot drive and sensitive documents, while leaving your games or other non generic data in the clear. While no encryption process is without risk, drive encryption is designed to put your mind at ease, and takes no chances with your data. The process can be reversed at any time even without being able to boot into windows.
Interested in hard drive encryption for your home or business?