Is Encyption a Logical Process?

October 28, 2010 at 06:50:05
Specs: Windows 2003 64bit
I just wanted to ask is encyrpting a drive/folder a logical process as an end result to hiding important data to a file and/or drive like doucments, text files, passwords, etc. that you dont want easily recovered and why? Could there be an easier way that could be better then encryption perhpas, thank you?

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October 28, 2010 at 07:36:29
Encryption is simply one method you can use to protect your data. In many cases you will be better served by other options, such as file and folder permissions. But for the best security it is hard to beat encryption. You can remove the drive and put it in a different computer where you have admin rights and you still won't be able to access encrypted files. Most other methods don't give you that level of protection. You chose the method that best fits the situation.

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October 28, 2010 at 07:40:13
Understood, thank you. Ok, so how do I know if I were to encrypt something that it is really full proof. for instance, if I were to use a program like to encypt the data within a file, are there any higher chances that it could be uncovered?

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October 28, 2010 at 07:42:00
I guess what im really asking is what exactly is encyption anyway, like the sound definition because people I have talked to have all given me different responses and I guess I dont know what it really is or what it is suppose to do?

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October 28, 2010 at 08:18:08
Encryption essentially scrambles data using a special key. By using the same key the data can be recovered to it's original form. But without the key it is very difficult to recover the data. With NTFS encryption the key is a part of the user account so encryption and decryption are totally transparent to the user. When accessing the files you may not even be aware they are encrypted. But to a different account the data is inaccessible.

It is possible, but very difficult, to break NTFS encryption. I mean a great deal of time by an expert on a powerful computer. Unless the data is of great value to someone else it just isn't worth the effort.

But be aware that NTFS encryption has it's disadvantages which you should be aware of, particularly if you wish to use it in a business environment. There are other types of encryption and they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Do an internet search if you need more information.

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October 28, 2010 at 08:45:13
Understood, yeah, I just did a search now and couldnt really get one definitive answer you know but how you broke it down really helps. Do you know know if there are other ways to encypt information or really just one sure way using different programs?

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