The Case Against Full-Disk Encryption

    Date 27 Jul 2020
    Category Cryptography
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    Posted By Brittany Day
    Encryption

    Are you using full-disk encryption to protect your data? If so, you may want to reconsider after reading this article.

     

    Like with any industry, the information security industry, more commonly referred to as “cybersecurity,” for all its raging debates, has rallied around a small corpus of best practices.

    One of the highest on this list is full-disk encryption, which security experts regard as sacrosanct, a no-brainer that everyone should use at the barest of minimums. This is the encryption that ensures that someone who snatches your device won’t be able to know everything you’ve got saved on it.

    I’m here to make the case that most of you are better off not using it. I know this might sound crazy, since I’m kind of the security guy here, but hear me out.

    LinuxSecurity Poll

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