If data matters, as it does to most of us computer scientists, protecting it is important. Prompted by Greg Grossmeier’s search for encryption best practices (see also his synthesized advice), I thought I’d document some of the things I do to protect my data.
There are two principal threats I consider here:
- I need to be able to keep my data, even if my computer or other storage media is lost, broken, or stolen. Backups are the principle means of protecting against loss.
- I’d really rather not have my data used if it falls into the wrong hands (e.g. my laptop gets stolen). Aside from general paranoia reasons, I have financial records, class assignment solutions, and things like that on my hard drives that shouldn’t really see the light of day without my authorization.