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Full-Disk Encryption - A Security Measure Necessity

Updated on July 5, 2008

In February, Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company, reported the theft of a laptop possibly exposing 800 current and former employees and contractors to identity theft.

On the laptop were names, credit card numbers, addresses, phone numbers, hotel loyalty program numbers as well as a myriad of other information. It did not appear any social security numbers or PIN codes were discovered.

The laptop, stolen by burglars from the home of a contractor setting travel and meeting plans for Pfizer, was password protected. Various operating systems will store application data in multiple places on your PC. Your whole disk drive can be secured through full disk encryption software.

To keep your personal and other data fully protected, using full disk encryption will provide you with benefits not available with regular file, folder, or vault encryption.

With full disk encryption:

  • With full disk encryption, nearly all of the information on the disk is encrypted, including swap space and temporary folders, locations that often contain confidential information
  • Support for pre-boot authentication (PBA) which prevents the operating system from loading until the user confirms the right password
  • If you need it there is data destruction by ridding of the cryptograph key

Due to recent laptop thefts and security breaches, it is vital that full data encryption is enlisted by users to best protect all confidential data. For this same reason, the United States Government is now comparing various FDE solutions before selecting which they will be using. If your critical data is housed in susceptible locations, safeguard it using hard-disk encryption techniques.


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      pcsetupguide 9 years ago from Texas

      Scarey situation there! I can't imagine having the liability of that much data on my machine!