Windows 10: Encrypting the Windows System Disk - good idea or not?

Discus and support Encrypting the Windows System Disk - good idea or not? in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; Hi folks! Simple question really. Currently re-building my desktop PC and aiming for Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) dual-booting with Linux Mint on a 240GB... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by ArthurDent, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Encrypting the Windows System Disk - good idea or not?


    Hi folks!

    Simple question really.

    Currently re-building my desktop PC and aiming for

    Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) dual-booting with Linux Mint on a 240GB SSD.

    A separate 5TB hard disk for data storage.

    Not sure about how to set this up - partitioned as two separate drives one for Windows documents (and encrypted) and one for Linux documents (not sure whether to encrypt this or not). Any advice/suggestions welcome on this.

    A third laptop hard disk for data security (copying any docs/files etc from the Windows data drive only).

    Question is this.

    Should the bootable system disk containing Windows 10 Pro be encrypted or not? If yes - can you suggest a suitable (& free) encryption solution.

    Should the Linux partition also be encrypted - is it necessary and/or will it cause any conflict being dual-booted with Windows?

    Thanks,

    Art

    :)
     
    ArthurDent, Jun 30, 2020
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  2. JimWynne Win User

    Encrypted Disk

    What good would encryption be if all you had to do to defeat it was copy the files? You copied files that were encrypted, and there is no way to decrypt them without the key.
     
    JimWynne, Jun 30, 2020
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  3. Windows XP file encryption

    LOL thanks, I think its standard windows XP file encryption
     
    troyrae360, Jun 30, 2020
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  4. modder Win User

    Encrypting the Windows System Disk - good idea or not?

    Software encryption

    read this:
    The Encrypting File System (EFS) is a file system driver with filesystem-level encryption available in Microsoft Windows (2000 and later) operating systems, except Windows XP Home Edition, Windows Vista Basic, and Windows Vista Home Premium. The technology transparently allows files to be encrypted on NTFS file systems to protect confidential data from attackers with physical access to the computer.

    User authentication and access control lists can protect files from unauthorized access while the operating system is running, but are easily circumvented if an attacker gains physical access to the computer. One solution is to store the files encrypted on the disks of the computer. EFS does this using public key cryptography, and aims to ensure that decrypting the files is in theory impossible without the correct key. However, EFS is in practice susceptible to brute-force attacks against the user account passwords. In other words, encryption of files is only as strong as the password to unlock the decryption key.

    read more ...wikipedia Encrypting File System - Wikipedia
     
    modder, Jun 30, 2020
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