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Windows 7: Can I encrypt my user directory transparently?

22 Oct 2010   #1

7 ultimate 64-bit
Can I encrypt my user directory transparently?

hi all, i need to secure my user directory transparently, here is my scenario:

using windows_7 64-bit;

i have very important development files on this pc, i want to secure these files under my user directory so that they cannot be read in case of physical access / stolen hardware.

this hardware does not have tpm so i cannot use bitlocker, not that i would anyway since the only thing it gives is a false sense of security.

an option is to create a truecrypt container, however this will be limited to a fixed size, and the nature of development i cannot safely guess the size of the container for the next year or two. i also cant do full partition encryption cos i cant reinstall this work pc. lets just say the company does not give a shit about securing the dev files :/

going into the folder properties > general tab > advances attributes we can check the "encrypt contents to secure data" option, i can't find any details on what encryption is used or how secure it is. on top of that, file descriptors are _not_ encrypted, only contents. so booting with a live cd you can still see the file structure of individual files. much more exposed than im comfortable with.

i want this to be transparent, ie i log in with my domain account and my user data is decrypted, i log out and the data is secured again. i don't want to mess around with a) mounting separate encrypted volumes or b) enter multiple passwords to log in and decrypt, and also c) not expose the file structure, but rather a blob of encrypted data, less vectors of attack if you know what i mean.

so, the question is... what can i do to secure my user directory, transparently?

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22 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008

I am going to suggest TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux This program is great you can make a seemingly usual file maybe a .iso file (maybe what I use, cause iso's can get quite large). and have everything encrypt to inside that file
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02 Nov 2010   #3

7 ultimate 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
I am going to suggest TrueCrypt
As I said above I can't reliably predict the size of the container for the next 2 years, but I guess it's just one of those things. i won't be securing this data after all, their lack of insight isn't my problem any longer
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02 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008

With truecrypt you can set it for an UNGODLY size 500 GB to 500PetaBytes and have it grow dynamically9It doesn't allocate all at once)
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