Just wondering..

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Just wondering..

Post by iistapp on Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:52 am
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Hello,

Is there a program or anything a like that can encrypt whole folders? Or even your whole harddriver?

As I don't like people sneaking around on my computer when i'm not at home, and I know this is silly but whatever password I put on the comp they crack it..
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Re: Just wondering..

Post by sandsphinx on Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:02 am
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tbh how the hell can they crack a windows password, the only way i have ever heard of requires login in anyway. :S

But i think there is a sfotware that will encrypt files but not the hard drive, and its called "Power Crypt" and "True Crypt"
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Re: Just wondering..

Post by mischief on Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:19 am
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there's bitlocker and truecrypt for windows, however i believe these can be broken with the cold-boot attack.

furthermore, windows password hashes can be dumped (and then cracked), at least in XP and i am fairly confident in vista as well. unsure about windows 7.
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Re: Just wondering..

Post by Goatboy on Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:44 am
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sandsphinx wrote:tbh how the hell can they crack a windows password, the only way i have ever heard of requires login in anyway. :S

But i think there is a sfotware that will encrypt files but not the hard drive, and its called "Power Crypt" and "True Crypt"

If I have physical access to any Windows XP computer, I can get in within 30-45 seconds, regardless of how good their password is. The 30-45 is based on how long it takes the computer to boot. The actual process is only about 10-15 seconds.
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Re: Just wondering..

Post by sandsphinx on Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:03 pm
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Goatboy wrote:
sandsphinx wrote:tbh how the hell can they crack a windows password, the only way i have ever heard of requires login in anyway. :S

But i think there is a sfotware that will encrypt files but not the hard drive, and its called "Power Crypt" and "True Crypt"

If I have physical access to any Windows XP computer, I can get in within 30-45 seconds, regardless of how good their password is. The 30-45 is based on how long it takes the computer to boot. The actual process is only about 10-15 seconds.

That's what i meant, why would he allow people physical access to his computer if he is getting hacked all the time...?
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Re: Just wondering..

Post by iistapp on Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:59 pm
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sandsphinx wrote:tbh how the hell can they crack a windows password, the only way i have ever heard of requires login in anyway. :S

But i think there is a sfotware that will encrypt files but not the hard drive, and its called "Power Crypt" and "True Crypt"


The reason they always have access to my computer is because I got one at my mom's place and one at my own place. And I do not like it when some smart ass friend of my brother is looking around on my comp or whatever they are doing (games I guess) but you never know..

Anyways! Thanks for the info, I will check out Power Crypt and True Crypt ASAP :-)
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Re: Just wondering..

Post by thedotmaster on Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:26 am
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Whilst you could faff around with all that windows crap, you could also install Linux seeing as most/all distros allow you to set up encrypted filesystems.
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Re: Just wondering..

Post by iistapp on Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:11 am
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thedotmaster wrote:Whilst you could faff around with all that windows crap, you could also install Linux seeing as most/all distros allow you to set up encrypted filesystems.


Yes I would indeed like to try Linux for a change :)

Well, thanks for the help guys! Realy learned something new today as well :)
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