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Discussion in 'Software' started by Sparrowhawk, 7 Feb 2008.

  1. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Wetsander

    14 Feb 2004
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    So recently TrueCrypt 5.0 came out, and to a crypto-noob, all the encryption options are a bit overwhelming.
    What Encryption Algorithm do you suggest for an encrypted partition on a laptop? :wallbash:
  2. Jumeira_Johnny

    Jumeira_Johnny 16032 - High plains drifter

    13 Nov 2004
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    Any of those options is enough to keep 99.99% of people from seeing your data. Obviously the 2 and 3 layer encryption is better at, say, slowing down the NSA. But, tbh, anyone in a position to crack 256 bit keys isn't interested in your data. Unless you are a multi-billion dollar arms dealer or freelance nuclear physicist. In both those cases, you wouldn't be posting here. Your porn and taxes just need to be secured enough to keep a common criminal out, so any of the encryption schemes on that list is good enough.

    You need to realize, that encryption isn't a magic bullet. 90% of data security is about how you handle data and passwords. Just like hacking often times is more about people then computers, the same is true when hardening your data.
  3. ryanjleng

    ryanjleng ...

    15 Nov 2007
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    I used AES (Rijndael) and Serpent in programming projects.

    AES is VERY good because the protection level and decrypt speed. It is sometimes known as Rijndael.

    IIRC, Serpent was a very close contender in the AES standard.

    encrypted partition?

    No, i avoid encrypted-partition because i am more cautious of things going wrong. i want some recoverability.

    So i only use AES on a file (like virtual folder) and mount it as a seperate drive when i need.

    The file portability is crucial. Secondly, when HDD dies, i want to be able to dig into HDD surface and rescue that file.

    IMHO, encrypted partition can be hellish-to-impossible to recover.

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