Video: Crash course in full disk encryption

This video is a talk held in December 2008 at the 25th Chaos Communication Congress, under the title Nothing to hide.

It is a crash course in full disk encryption concepts, products and implementation aspects. An overview of both commercial and open-source offerings for Windows, Linux, and MacOS X is given. A  programmer’s  look at the open-source solutions concludes the presentation.

If you are not encrypting your whole hard disk remember that opening and viewing files will leave recoverable traces in your operating system. If you care about privacy you should be using full disk encryption, Truecrypt is the way to go in Windows.

Click this link to download the crash course in full disk encryption papers.

I would say this is a video for intermediate/advanced computer users.

Video: How to, encryption with PGP 9 Desktop

This is an introduction video for begginers, if you have never seen or heard of PGP Desktop, this video explains briefly in 5 minutes what it can do for your privacy.

If you want to keep all your computer data encrypted, including the OS, after Truecrypt and Drivecrypt Plus Pack , PGP Desktop would be my third choice. As far as I know all three of them are uncrackable, even by the highest powers out there. But bear in mind that it is illegal in the United Kingdom not to reveal your password to your encrypted files when requested by the authorities.

PGP 9 will not protect you against a Government forcing you to give away the password for your personal secrets, you should be using Truecrypt or Drivecrypt Plus Pack if you think this may happen to you. Both of those encryption schemes provide for a hidden operating system which existence can not be proven, you can not be asked to provide what can not be proven to exist.

If you are comparing encryption software you can read my past  review of Drivecrypt Plus Pack v3.94