External Hard Drive Security Help Please

I have Maxtor 320GB External Hard Drive which I use for all my work stuff as well as a load of personal stuff.

The thing that has struck me though is there is no form of security on it to access anything.

Basically any dirty scumbag can walk off with it and have full access to anything which seems odd these days with Passwords on everything else.

Has anyone got any help or advice for password protecting this somehow?

Cheers Oz
There are a number of encryption packages on the market which will allow you to protect your disk.

I use Utimaco SafeGuard Private Disk, but there are others
I can recommend TrueCrypt:

Main Features:

* Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.

* Encrypts an entire hard disk partition or a storage device such as USB flash drive.

* Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.

* Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:

1) Hidden volume (steganography – more information may be found here).

2) No TrueCrypt volume can be identified (volumes cannot be distinguished from random data).

* Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish. Mode of operation: LRW.
Oh, and it's free...
lmao, just read on the site that "Plausible deniability" link. Whilst I think its a clever trick, I couldnt think of any other household use other than "Back up your donkey prn" lol

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