12-10-2009 06:39 PM
I just received my x301 and want to have full hardisk encrpytion on it.
I know it has a solid state hard drive and wonder if using freeware like Compusec would be
a good idea.. when I came across the x301 advertisement that reads:
"Those who care about security on their portable computers will definitely appreciate the X301’s full disk encryption"
Enterprise for TVTs simplifies
authentication and protection.
It provides full hard disk encryption, prevents access by unauthorised users
Has anyone tried using this or any FDE software on their x301 yet??
12-10-2009 08:00 PM
Welcome to the Lenovo forum.
I've not used SafeGuard or Compusec, but have used the similar TrueCrypt and have been happy with it. TrueCrypt appears to have a good reputation among cryptographers, as a carefully-written program. I like that encrypted containers can be moved among Windows, Mac OS X and Linux machines, assuming that you format the container with a filesystem that all 3 can understand.
I haven't used TrueCrypt's disk encryption mode, which is what you're asking about. Tom's Hardware reviewed that feature recently and was impressed.
FWIW, Wikipedia has a nice comparison of disk encryption software.
Do realize that, as important as backups normally are, they are even MORE important when you encrypt your data. The encryption would at best complicate data recovery from a crashed drive, and might make recovery impossible. Also, if you ever forget your password, you are truly out of luck -- nobody (aside from the NSA, maybe--and if they're interested, you have even more serious trouble!) will be able to recover your data. Just a friendly reminder that data privacy != data security.