Posts Tagged ‘#protect’

Imaging

Helpful Hints | Posted by Dennis July 4th, 2011

Screenshot of Acronis True ImageThere’s a way to take a COMPLETE snapshot of your PC’s  hard drive called Imaging.  It allows you to recover the contents, including recovery partitions, boot sectors, and all programs.  I regularly (about once per year) make images of ALL my PC’s on an external USB hard drive, so that if I have a disaster I can quckly get it back to working order.  Then I restore my documents and I’m in good shape.  Creating an image requires that you boot to a disk or other media to free up all the files.  Win 7 has an imaging option, but there are better packages available.  Norton Ghost was pretty good way back when, but my favorite these days is called Acronis True Image.  Note that if you make a bootable disk, you don’t need multiple licenses to image several PC’s.

Encryption

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis June 30th, 2011

Encryption is a way to scramble your stuff so that no one can read it unless they have the password.  In some cases, like stored credit card info, the law REQUIRES that businesses encrypt the info.  There are lots of encryption standards, but in general the more BITS of encryption, the harder it would be to steal.  For example, 128-bit is twice as strong as 64-bit.  One of my favorite free encryption tools is called TrueCrypt, and can be found here.  It’s easy to use, and you can create a mapped drive that contains all your private stuff.  One of the things I like best about it is that it will warn you if your password for scrambling is too weak.  WARNING:  DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSWORD or you may never get your stuff back!