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March 16, 2014

Batten down the hatches with encryption, Part 2

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Like most encryption products, Cryptainer LE also will let you protect files on removable flash drives, portable hard drives and even CDs. Those in business settings will probably want to opt for Cypherix’s more powerful products which, starting at $30, are a bargain.

Mac (and Windows) users should check out Truecrypt at truecrypt.org. While Truecrypt is not as drop-dead easy to use as Cryptainer, it’s not terribly difficult to use either, and is probably the most secure encryption solution for the Apple Mac.

Data in motion needs attention too, specifically, email. Global security company Comodo offers a wonderful (and free) way of encrypting email with a product called Comodo Free Secure Email Certificate. This is easy to install and, once configured, provides transparent and automatic email security.

The product is designed to work with dedicated email programs such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc. Folks who want to use SecureEmail but are used to visiting a website and using webmail will have to start using a “real” email program.

Books can be (and have been) written about file encryption and there are numerous encryption methods available; too many to mention here. This should be enough information, though, to get you started and thinking about the subject.

Home users will want to protect their important QuickBooks and TurboTax files, as well as financial and medical information. Many businesses, such as those in the legal, financial and healthcare industries, are now required by law to use due diligence in protecting sensitive personal and private information; encryption is how it’s done.

Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 919-9901 or davemoore

computers.com.

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