To encrypt or not to encrypt

Posted: October 15, 2009 in Uncategorized


First off, if there is anyone who I have offended by potential plagiarism, I apologize in advance.

Have you ever been in the position where you have usernames and passwords written down somewhere, usually on a piece of paper on your desk, not exactly the most secure method of storing usernames and passwords. So some of us, take this a step further and type them into a document or a notepad or whatever medium you choose. From here we decide to encrypt the folder (containing all this data) using the Windows Encryption Method.

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This is a good start and I applaud you for thinking in the correct direction, there is however a slightly more complex but far more secure way of storing this data. Enter TrueCrypt (yes, it does work on Windows 7, you get a warning message saying that “not all features may work”, but for what we are going to use it  for, it seems fine thus far)

You can then create a mountable volume which is disguised as a file on your machine. The encryption and decryption occurs on-the-fly in RAM. Have fun encrypting your data and keeping your data PRIVATE.



  1. Michelle says:

    I am one of those who now have to write down all usernames & passwords as I seem to often change some passwords, but this idea of encrypting? Welll that still has me worried, as knowing myself – I would forget that I did that and not remember how to access all my info – AGAIN LOL

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