Windows 10: Alternatives To Encryption Re: Prying Eyes

Discus and support Alternatives To Encryption Re: Prying Eyes in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; After some consideration and practicing on (slow) 16GB USB flash drives I believe I have abandoned my idea to use VeraCrypt on Western Digital 12 and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by phaedruspress, May 4, 2021 at 4:07 AM.

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    After some consideration and practicing on (slow) 16GB USB flash drives I believe I have abandoned my idea to use VeraCrypt on Western Digital 12 and 14TB external USB drives. I have come to the conclusion that encryption is not really designed for drives this large using FDE (Full Disk Encryption since the drives will be filled up and/ or a container with an 11TB file is just as cumbersome ). If I get hit by a bus then I would prefer that my relatives not know what I am hoarding (adult, tv and movies). I am familiar with hiding a folder from the ribbon, as well as from the CMD prompt using something like this (are they the same) attrib +s +h C:\Users\Resident 4\a hiddenattrib -s +h C:\Users\Resident 4\a unhide or simple password protecting folders. But I am not sure how secure those "tricks" are should someone say boot off of a Linux ISO or just hook up the external USB drives to another computer or make an image of the drive etc. etc. I have come across WD Security but I am unfamiliar with it and don't know if it is any better then the options I ticked off. So if I don't want to use VeraCrypt or BitLocker are there any alternatives that will force someone to have to format the 12TB drive rather then having them be able to divine the contents using some means to do so? TIA.

    :)
     
    phaedruspress, May 4, 2021 at 4:07 AM
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  2. Callender Win User

    Alternatives To Encryption Re: Prying Eyes

    More info. I can see a superhidden folder on root of C drive and can see the names of hidden files. However any attempt at recovery results in a zero byte unreadable file being recovered. So if a user knew how where to look they could obtain file names only.


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    I didn't try the same for Hidden/ Secret Disk as they don't work with external drives.
     
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    Thanks. That's very informative. I will certainly now add the Winmend Folder Hidden application when I take a closer look at BitLocker in the coming days.
     
    phaedruspress, May 4, 2021 at 4:09 AM
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  4. sygnus21 Win User

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    Alternatives To Encryption Re: Prying Eyes

    My question is do you need a sledge hammer to or a small mallet? Depending on who you fear the prying eyes are will depend on the tool needed.

    To use the analogy.... locks are there to keep honest people honest. The hardcore thief is going to find a way in no matter the lock (or encryption method). For my situation as explained in my previous post, I'm using the tools that keep honest people honest. I'm not in a situation where I need something more hardcore.

    And since I can't account for every "what if" in the universe, I simply keep it simple and keep it moving.

    My two cents.

    WD Drive Unlock. And as far as I know it is updated. Yes... password protecting the drive.

    Anyway, whatever drive you get if it has the software just follow the instruction for setting things up.
     
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