Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Why is data on laptops not encrypted
Encryption on laptops should be done by the O/S itself. Although the Windows O/S gives you an option to encrypt files and folders, it doesnt let you encrypt the entire hard disk. I am not sure about the other operating systems like Linux/Solaris. Let me know if they provide encryption capabilities across the board for all the data on your hard-drive on a laptop or even on the desktop.
Update: On my flight to San Francisco, I came across an article in the in-flight magazine which said "4425 number of laptops left in the cabs of one taxi in chicago in 6 consecutive months in 2004 - according to a survey of taxi drivers by security firm Pointsec. 21460 handheld computers and 85619 mobile phones get left behind." As we store more and more data on our mobile devices we need a way protect it even more.
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