How To Protect Your Important Documents Using Encryption

September 15, 2018

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A common fear that people (maybe you?) Have about going paperless is that hackers will somehow be able to get access to their private information.

It is not an unreasonable fear, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.

One of the best ways is to use encryption, which just means making it so that you, and only you, can get at your documents.

That way, even if your computer gets hacked or stolen, people will be faced with a strange file that they will not be able to open any matter how hard they try. Think of it as having your critical documents locked away in a safe.

How do you do this? There are a number of different ways, and no end to the number of software packages that you can buy, but here are two completely free solutions that are both great. As with most things, which one you use depends on what type of computer or operating system you are running.

Encrypting Your Files On Microsoft Windows or Linux

If you use Microsoft Windows or Linux, I recommend using TrueCrypt which is a free, open-source disk encryption software.

When you use TrueCrypt, you will be creating a "volume", which just means creating a file that acts like a disk or USB drive. Once you create it, you will put your documents into it.

Here is how it works:

  • First, you download and install TrueCrypt
  • Next, start it up and click Create Volume
  • Choose where on your hard drive you want your TrueCrypt file to live
  • If you know what kind of encryption you want, you can select it. Most likely you will just want to use the default
  • When prompted, you want to select a good, strong password. Remember it . If you forget it, you are in trouble
  • Once you are done going through the prompts, you will be able to select a drive letter that you want this new volume to use. Obviously, pick one that is not being used already.
  • Once you have your drive created and mounted, you are ready to copy / save your documents to that new drive letter

Going forward, any time you need to access your documents, you just use TrueCrypt to mount the drive, and your files will be there all safe and sound.

Encrypting Your FIles On Mac OSX

If you are a Mac user, you can use TrueCrypt too if you'd like, but there is a free solution already built into the operating system.

The Mac feature we will be using has a bit of a strange name: an encrypted sparsebundle.

Concept-wise, it is similar to what we just went through with TrueCrypt. We will be creating a new "volume" which will act as if it is a drive or USB key. We then assign a password to it, and save all our documents to it. Once that is done, they will be protected.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility
  • Go to File and then New Blank Disk Image
  • Give the file a name and choose where on your hard drive you want it to live
  • Give it a maximum size
  • Choose sparse bundle disk image for Image Format
  • Give it a strong password and remember it
  • Once you have gone through the prompts, your disk image will be created
  • Double-click the image in the Finder to open it with your password, and then you are ready to copy / save your documents to that new drive

So, there you go. You now have two options for protecting your documents using encryption. James Bond has nothing on you!

23 Comments

  • yelloworangered September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Really — ef recovery. What about those of us who have CFS/ME? We did not addict ourselves. We got an illness. Why are we of less concern/interest to medical professionals, etc.

  • Scott Daggett September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Amen

  • Reid Anderson September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Used drugs most of my life’s tarting with the basics hit obviously but for the past 6 years I’ve gone from disposing meth so much to laying around with big bruises on my arms from slamming meth as much as I could. I was at one time sober for 1 year it was never easier other substances it’s not even a question or even on my radar and easy resistible. For someone whose has been to rehab inpatient and out patient for so long meth is on a totally different level. Not enough is being done to help recovering meth addicts stay sober or even get clean in the first place sending people to jail and giving them felonies and so many other issues on top of the fact they may be trying to get clean truly shows the ignorance and lack of initiative when it comes to this drug. No matter how low I sink I’ll be right back at it ….. jailing users is not the answer and actually perpetuates the likelihood of relapse and/or seeking behavior. That drug epidemic in America will not go away, and from my life experience the prevolence of drugs is increased dramatically. It’s going to take rethink or stance on how we handle drug offenders I watch some parents out there food in outpatient thereapy for smoke some pot when I was in high school and I was there for meth and he left the program no longer a stoned but a herion user. We need change serious change

  • Brian Taylor September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I was clean for four months then went on a week binge. I feel like such a complete piece of shit failure. I feel like I've lost all hope.

  • Slim shetty September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I would like to share something which helped me …after 3 to 4 years of in and out meth use….our brain looses dopamine and other important factors which helps us to stay positive however there is a herb which will help you to increase your dopamine and even increase libido and will give u more stamina….I use to cry bcoz I was losing the pleasure of sex however after having this herb everyday I feel positive kidney is strong and even liver….there are lots of herbs but some important once are ginseng, rehmannia glutonose prepared, ho shou wo please do buy this and add it in ur daily driver…I pray for everyone …god bless everyone…and change your life for good

  • Charles Carter September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    My daughter died the first week of June 2016 from an overdose of methamphetamine. I think that pretty much says it all.

  • Phil King September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Up to three years…

  • Chubbz 420 September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    If I’d never sone meth, I’d have prevented my lil cousin from being shot. Now, he’s dead forever and I still can’t get high.

  • Michael Evans September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    ive been clean 7 monthes and life still sucks

  • Sabrina Loehwing September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    My brother just relapsed and now he is being paranoid and delusional. We don't know what to do

  • Susiee Lovee September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Ive been sober of crystal meth 3 years now with gods help & let me tell you that was the best decision ive could made for myself i only smoke marijuana better then any other drug

  • Dwight schrute September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I can't stop thinking people are at to kill me i know it the police are after me please don't kill me.

  • Joe Crouch September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Give me the recipe for happiness with the chemicals gone

  • Adan Corona September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    will i always think people are and my homies are trying to kill me ??been almost 2 months sober and it still feels that was…..:(

  • Garrick Holmes September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Focusing on diet and working out helps you feel better during recovery

  • Dale Smith September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Is the woman narrating a recovering meth user? We our us…

  • mia junior jaydeen September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    TRUST IMA METH ADDICT IM NOW 6MONTHS SOBER SO HAAPPY ND SAMETIME SAD N DEPRESSED PARANOID AF MY ANXIETY GOT WORSER JESUS CRIST IM GLAD IM DONE FUCK ALL THAT

  • Emily Hamilton September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I enjoyed the video and I have a page on Facebook called SURVIVING CRYSTAL METH and I hope it's okay if I share this video to my page that has actually gone viral.

  • Fitz Raijin .Wada 和田 September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    i've quit this drugs for almost 10 years and im still haunted by the horror of this drug! never use meth! this drug fucked up my life ….

  • Clover Blossom September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    What makes these people sleepy and depressed are ANTIDEPRESSANTS.

    What they didn't say in the video is that recovering addicts are on antidepressants

  • Dwight Turner September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for this well-presented, short documentary on recovery. I went through a 3-week dark tunnel when coming off of the narcotic pain med Hydrocodone. In those 3 weeks I had no energy and was a vegetable around the house. After being off of Hydrocodone for around 9 months, I feel normal again but I have to deal with the chronic pain that I was using the pain medication for. I'd rather deal with the pain than with the destructive effects of the opiate Hydrocodone. I had a terrible withdrawal effect called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). I thought it would never go away. It kept me awake most of the night. Finally one night, I cried out to God that I cannot live with RLS the rest of my life, and that very night my RLS stopped and has never come back.

  • Robbie n Tasha Sisemore September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I've been clean since July took alot of praying to God and staying possitive and alot of willpower

  • Louise Evans September 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    A person addicted to drugs will not get or take help until THEY are ready. The only thing I can suggest is let her know that you're not going to enable her but you will always be there for her and when she's ready to get clean, you'll still be there. I am battling the same thing with a family member and it's soo sad to watch what they're doing to themselves. Their actions don't only affect them, it affects their family members as well. But I don't think they realize that. So sad. God Bless you.

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