I'm always wondering about this. I have a laptop on which I have a password protected account. If someone steals this laptop and takes out the hdd, will they be able to access my documents by accessing it using another computer?
They won't be able to access them without your password. The operating system and all its accounts live on the hard drive.
Well, scratch that. There are ways to get past the Windows password. The HDD won't be any less secure than the laptop as a whole, though.
Yeah, I looked into TrueCrypt, but I like the ease of Bitlocker because it's integrated with Windows. It's pretty much invisible if you use the automatic TPM-based setting.
I could also use Dropbox in conjunction with the drive encryption, so it would backup my files while unlocked. From what I understand Dropbox is pretty damn safe. They use all kinds of encryption as well.
Accessing unencrypted files can be as easy as booting a linux distribution from a CD or USB drive. The attacker doesn't even need to take the HDD out of the computer.
Yeah, that's exactly what I don't want. There's just stuff on my computer that's nobody's business but mine. I would hate the fact more that some asshole can crawl through my personal documents than the fact that he stole my hardware.
Certainly. If someone steal your laptop, he may reset your windows password with Windows Password Reseteasily, and he can see anything in your computer.
So, you should take well care of your computer .