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How do I set up a secure drive to hide files?

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July 26, 2012 2:49:24 PM

Hi to all -- I am inquiring if anyone can tell me how to set up a secure portion or drive on my pc where I can hide files to secure them . I have had soooo many problems with PC hack I just got a new pc and it is starting again. Any suggestions about how to search for the entrance they use would be great !!! I have a mirage of YouCam Cyberlink and I dont know what that is either ??? I am would like to lock this pc down --- I am running Norton 360 .

Any help would be greatly appreciated -- I have windows 7 HP pavilion g4 it is a go between because my other PC was beyond repair --- in regards to security I threw it out !!!

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a b $ Windows 7
July 26, 2012 2:57:59 PM

you want to use TrueCrypt

July 26, 2012 3:08:19 PM

:)  Thank you Addict !!! Could you tell me how I can locate the "my problem" in regards to security --- My Pc is just a few days old and I have some 1500 events logged in event viewer under every category . I am a novice user as you can tell -- any info would be so appreciated.
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a b $ Windows 7
July 26, 2012 3:16:06 PM

people (actually scripts and bots) are always trying to hack into systems. every day I get hack in attempts into my root account. check out an excerpt from my security log from only a few hours ago:

Jul 26 05:01:19 fedora sshd[15978]: Failed password for root from port 52689 ssh2
Jul 26 05:01:20 fedora sshd[15978]: Received disconnect from 11: Bye Bye [preauth]
Jul 26 05:01:20 fedora sshd[15981]: selinux sandbox not useful [preauth]
Jul 26 05:01:22 fedora sshd[15981]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost= user=root
Jul 26 05:01:22 fedora sshd[15981]: pam_succeed_if(sshd:auth): requirement "uid >= 1000" not met by user "root"
Jul 26 05:01:24 fedora sshd[15981]: Failed password for root from port 53890 ssh2
Jul 26 05:01:24 fedora sshd[15981]: Received disconnect from 11: Bye Bye [preauth]
July 26, 2012 3:24:43 PM

Looks like a scripted brute force attack from a linux device, possibly wireless.

Things you can do:

Enable a firewall, especially on a good router, or at the very least use a good software firewall.

Don't open any ports you don't plan to use, and if possible only open them on a schedule when you know you'll be using them.
If you are on a school network or public wi-fi, notify the admin and send him a copy of the logs. If this is at home, notify your ISP and send them the logs.

If you can, try a tracert to the attacker's IP and include that info with the logs. On rare occasions a novice using a bot won't spoof an IP or MAC and this can actually lead you to them. Most know not to do that, but some don't and you may get lucky that way.

Use a strong password and change it monthly.
a b $ Windows 7
July 26, 2012 4:08:50 PM

well that IP address belongs to Bangladesh and I'm in the USA hah. Usually its from China. I'm not too worried since root is by default disabled for ssh remote logins and I only have family photos and some episodes of Futurama on the laptop :)  nothing worth breaking in for.

also ubuntu and fedora come with firewalls by default.
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August 18, 2012 1:14:31 AM

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