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The down side of encryption of home folders

So, your operating system allows you to encrypt your home folder, be it Windows XP (Home & Pro) or Apple OS X 10.3. Encryption is great right? Encrypt your files and no one can steal your computer and access your data. Down side, you better be diligent about keeping backups of all of your information. Why? Well if you by chance have to rebuild you computer, or the operating system becomes corrupt? You could loose all your data. Once the OS is gone, at least in XP, you loose the ability to decrypt those files. Sucks when you’re the one that encrypted them in the first place. I’m not sure entirely how OS X encrypts your home folder. And if it is recoverable if the OS corrupts. Although, I’ve never actually had my Mac OS corrupt, where I’ve been in a non stop frenzy of rebuilding XP systems lately. If your an XP user, I did find this article that might help you recover some of your files. I guess ultimately the solution is regular backups. But I’ll be the first to admit that unless it’s an automated system, you’ll probably miss a few and then be very upset when you loose your data.

2 Comments so far
Ray Slakinski March 15th, 2004 9:34 am

Did your OS die?

Jason March 15th, 2004 4:25 pm

No, but there was an upgrade from XP home to XP Pro done.