NAS hard disk security

July 10, 2014 at 02:27:44
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.6
Do NAS (Network Attached Storage) units have hard drive security features similar to how a computers BIOS can password protect it?

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#1
July 10, 2014 at 07:28:42
My NAS has security. I can create users/groups and assign permissions.

Is that like a BIOS password? I guess you could say so since it would require a username and password to access the information under a user/group account.

Some simpler NAS' may not have any security so your best bet will be to check the spec's on different make/models until you find one you like in your budget range that offers the features you want to use.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
July 10, 2014 at 08:52:53
Qnaps make a decent range (in my experience anyway) that includes a security aspect; much as CurtR suggests he has on his NAS

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#3
July 10, 2014 at 11:17:38
Will this prevent the hard drive from being copied when removed?

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#4
July 10, 2014 at 11:31:22
Not sure I understand the question - or at least the context..

Why would you wish to remove a hard drive from a working NAS device - unless that drive was defective?


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#5
July 10, 2014 at 13:25:12
Like trvlr I'm wondering about your context. Has someone pulled a drive (or drives, plural) from your NAS and copied it in the past? Is this a serious concern or just a bit of over cautiousness on your part?

In any case, why would you copy the drive when you could just steal it and take it with you to hack at your leisure. While I personally despise thieves, I've known a few in my life and if any one of the people I knew way back in the day wanted your data, they'd just steal your whole NAS. Not spend a rather lengthy period of time pulling the drive, attaching it to a laptop and then copying the disk and finally, putting it back. LOL Makes no sense....grab the NAS and leave.....go after the data at your leisure in the safety of a place you won't get caught doing so.

Regardless, no, file security won't stop someone from copying your drive. In fact, I can't think of anything that will. Encrypting the entire drive (or drives) would prevent someone from accessing the data after stealing and/or copying the data. But in the end, you can't prevent someone from actually copying the hard disk.

Perhaps if you actually explain what it is you're hoping to achieve, and your reasoning for going there. We may be able to find a way to help you get there.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
July 11, 2014 at 12:11:16
So in other words, no particular reason except for perhaps a little paranoia.

I'm guessing you're a conspiracy theorist..............

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
July 11, 2014 at 12:49:18
If one was record all data in Esperanto - or even Navajo - and then encrypt it using whichever of those two is not used initially (as the key)..., and then encrypt it further with PGP... that would likely make it pretty difficult to hack into...

Mind you, were you ever to transmit any of it over the www... likely it would attract a lot of attention and curiosity from NSA, CIA, FBI, MI5 and MI6/GCHQ, The Mounties/CSIS, FSB, BND, DST (to name but a few...).


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