On Fri, 29 May 2009 19:11:01 -0700, GJB
>How about a fingerprint reader...would that help secure a desktop system ?
>> That's good to know....can you please tell me the name of some of these
>> software packages that will destroy data if stolen ?????
No- fingerprint readers only come into play after the OS has booted.
The ONLY way for your data to be 100% safe is not to store it!
As someone has already said, there are means to encrypt your data, and
further secure it by having the encryption key on a removable drive -
if the system is then booted without appropriate credentials, it can
be set to 'phone home' to check for status, and if the 'wrong' answer
is supplied, it may wipe the drive/data.
Note that all this does is place another obstacle in the path of the
determined intruder with deep pockets.
If you need 100% security, don't store data - how close you want to
get to 100% depends on your needs, pocket, and reality.
Once someone has physical access to you,r PC it's 'theoretically
possible' to recover almost everything you've ever done (the older the
data the more expensive the recovery). NOTHING can prevent that except
physical destruction of the HD and RAM.
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