BitLocker Drive Encryption (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you’re using Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise, you don’t really have to rely on a third party encryption software to encrypt your files and hard drives. You can totally rely on BitLocker as this is what came with Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise by default. Anyhow, right after the break you get to see me use BitLocker in real time to encrypt a C: drive on my Windows 8 Pro computer. Enjoy!!!
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Cnet reported Passware, password recovery company, has claimed that FileVault 2 for Mac could be broken under or around 40 minutes. In case you have never used Mac before, FileVault 2 is similar to TrueCrypt and Windows’ BitLocker. These three major popular encryption software help computer users to securely wipe (i.e., format hard drives, partitions, external drives, etc…) and then encrypt hard drives and the likes.
Using encryption technology supposes to be helping computer users to secure their data, but it seems companies such as Passware do have ways around the encryption technology after all. Nonetheless, since we now know encryption software are vulnerable, we can at least understand that relying on encryption software alone to protect our most precious data might not be enough. This way we only have ourselves to blame and be angry at when we’re not actually going to the extend to protect our precious data beyond the deploying of encryption software.
To the best of my knowledge, I think most software that are designed to break encryptions (i.e., encrypted data) need to have access to the physical machines before such software can actually decrypt the data. I wonder will this be the case for Passware’s claim too. If it’s, then as how it has always been so; computer users best protect their precious data by physically secure their machines better. This way, hackers have to jump more than one hoop to actually attain your precious data.
In the end, I think security is at best when wise computer users go to the extend in deploying whatever that is necessary to protect their computer data, that’s if such computer data are that important to some folks. For now, let hope Apple, TrueCrypt, and Microsoft can soon come up with better encryption software so computer users know they can rely on encryption technology to protect their data better. Let hope Passware isn’t claiming to have the ability to decrypt data from the cloud also, because such a scenario might be horrible for people who rely on encryptions to protect their data in the cloud. So far, I don’t think this is possible yet.
Awhile back, I had created a video which introduced users to Shield Exchange and OpenVPN, but since then Shield Exchange had rebranded to Private Tunnel. Within this blog post, I post a new video which touches on this very matter. I also touch on how to upgrade OpenVPN Connect Client so users will have the latest OpenVPN Connect Client to work with Private Tunnel. Enjoy!
In case you have no idea what is FileVault 2 as a Mac OS X Lion user, I’ll talk about this feature briefly in the video I made which you can watch it right after the break. I skipped in explaining how you can turn on FileVault 2. Instead, I demonstrated how to turn off FileVault 2. I believe once you know how to turn off FileVault 2, you can basically turn on FileVault 2 since both processes are almost identical.
OpenVPN has a paid service which is Shield Exchange, and I’ve to say it’s the easiest way for me to have a VPN connection while transferring sensitive data through a public hotspot connection such as at Starbucks. I choose to use OpenVPN’s Shield Exchange over other VPN services out there for OpenVPN’s Shield Exchange provides generous prepaid bandwidth tier plans. Anyhow, I’ve made a video to do a quick review on OpenVPN’s Shield Exchange, and you can watch it right after the break!
The technology show Tekzilla of Revision3.com mentioned that using Keepass inside Dropbox can allow the user to access his or her passwords anywhere securely. Dropbox itself is pretty secure, and Keepass itself is also very secure. Having Keepass inside Dropbox is like having two layers of protection for your passwords.
Still, we can do even better by going one step further! How? We can use TrueCrypt or Mac OS X Snow Leopard or the latest version of Mac Operating System to create an encrypted volume, place Keepass database inside this encrypted volume, and then place the encrypted volume itself inside Dropbox. By doing this we can have three layers of protection for our passwords! Even better, we can access our passwords anywhere securely using Dropbox.
One last bit of information worth mention is that even though your passwords are so secure behind the combination of Dropbox and encrypted volume and Keepass, your passwords can still be hacked if you are not using strong passwords to protect your encrypted volume and Dropbox and Keepass — also your passwords can also be hack if the computer we are on is full of viruses and malware.
The Tekzilla show that mentions about Keepass inside Dropbox can be viewed after the break.