why would you even bother on a home computer?
Not sure about you, but on my home PC I store:
* Personal photos and videos
* Personal, financial and identity
documents and scans thereof.
* Logged in passwords/sessions of browser and other software
* Serial numbers and keys of installed software
As mentioned, the identity theft part is a big deal. Also you'd be scrambling to change all of your passwords, assuming you can remember every single site you'd logged into ...
I couldn't even imagine myself encrypting my computer if I used it for work purposes, just back shit up remotely in case of theft.
On my laptop that I take into work I have a heap of the company's IP and correspondence on there. Definitely would not want that accessible if someone steals my laptop. This is completely unrelated to backups, that you should be doing anyway in parallel anyway (in my case my backups are encrypted automatically by Macrium Reflect - adding another layer of protection).
I understand some people might not care about their photos leaking online, but I thought the other aspects (especially identity/financial documents) were really obvious stuff?
it's like when I used virtual machines for internet banking.. that lasted a couple of weeks
Not sure why you'd use a VM for net-banking? That shows more of a misunderstanding of what you're doing and why ...
Doesnt windows 7 ultimate have bitlocker available for full o/s disk encryption?
Comes with Win7 Ultimate which is the most expensive. Most laptops/computers have Win7 Home and the majority of the remainder probably have the Professional version installed.
the only thing I encrypt is portable drives.. i
That's very good practice. I'm surprised by the number of people storing really critical and potentially compromising stuff on a usb stick or hdd without a care in the world if someone yanks it.last edited by parabol at 16:52:12 25/Aug/12