Securing a netbook

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  1. Captain_Crusty

    Captain_Crusty War Hero Reviewer Book Reviewer

    A friend has bought a netbook.

    Given that he intends to use outlook on it, he wants a simple way of securing the netbook to avoid problems if he loses it / it is stolen.

    Any ideas?

    Would PGP slow it up too much as I know you can encrypt the disk with that?

    Many thanks.

  2. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Don't use it for confidential data.

    All encryption solutions will either be a manual embuggeration, or will stress the little CPU.

    I implementated a Disaster Standby solution recently on Netbooks - but using Citrix to avoid local data storage, some will go awol for sure.

    One alternative may be to use an encrypted USB stick - thats what I use - you have to remove it before putting the netbook back into its neoprene sleeve.
  3. msr

    msr LE

    All of this is a balance, personally I would recommend that he encrypt the hard disk with truecrypt:

    Most importantly he needs to have a decent antivirus and ensure that both it and his operating system and applications are updated.

    Is it just outlook / email he is looking to protect, or other documents as well?

    P.S. Ignore unhelpful suggestions about Citrix, this is an enterprise solution, not one for home use.
  4. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    I was not suggesting he use Citrix.
    Citrix was the solution arrived at in a major project as all encryption options were proven unworkable in performance terms. It is not an option for a private user.

    I can use my dongle for all sensitive docs and email storage without having to further restrict the netbooks performance.

    But the main point is don't put anything highly sensitive on a device that has a high likelyhood of theft or loss.....
  5. Captain_Crusty

    Captain_Crusty War Hero Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Yes - just outlook/email.
  6. msr

    msr LE

  7. I use " truecrypt " . I store nearly all my files in the encrypted area . The same software can be used to create encrypted areas on Memory Sticks . I have found it easy to use and the additional requirement of having to type in a password to open an encrypted area causes minimum delay when you balance that your files are safe .