Securing files through Encyption

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    Securing files through Encyption

    I was never big on encryption because I never needed it. But for some recent files it would be nice to have some encryption on it.

    What would be the best encryption program to use? I was just going to use WinRAR and put a password on it but I saw a program that removes WinRAR passwords (didn't test it though).

    I just want to be sure no one will get to it, no matter how skilled they are with computers, which is why I asked you guys, as you are the best.

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    I just want to be sure no one will get to it, no matter how skilled they are with computers, which is why I asked you guys, as you are the best.
    Impossible.

    Computer encryption simply isn't a perfect system.

    The goal of encryption is to frustrate any attackers to the point they would rather assault someone other than you.

    As far as I know, if your password has enough entropy, ~100 bits as I recall, "WINRAR" will frustrate a casual assault to a point that a casual attacker will seek out other victims.

    If someone wants to attack you personally, a password protected file is simply information waiting to happen.

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    Well if the password is strong enough wouldn't the limitation on their end be computational power? If so taking 50+ years to open the file I consider to be impossible.
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    Why do you need to encrypt the file?
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    Why do you need to encrypt the file?
    Who doesn't like to backup their pr0n?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomotap View Post
    Who doesn't like to backup their pr0n?
    Who still keeps pr0n on their hard drives? Given the widespread availability of always-on, high-speed internet, and in-private/incognito browsing, there is absolutely no reason to keep pr0n on your hard drive. The days of beautiful naked women being relegated to ASCII-art and low-quality 200x300 jpgs are over Soma. Time to join the 21st century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomotap
    Who doesn't like to backup their pr0n?
    Why do that when there's the Internet?
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    Given the widespread availability of always-on, high-speed internet, and in-private/incognito browsing, there is absolutely no reason to keep pr0n on your hard drive.
    O_o

    Can't tell if serious or...

    That would almost be a good argument except that "always on internet" doesn't exist; there is only "usually on" and considering the extreme data caps of most places storing pr0n would probably be considered a better option.

    My counter argument in the context is actually: Given the widespread availability of $150 (USD) 2 TB USB 3.0 HDD and encrypted partitions under "GNU/Linux" there is absolutely no reason to stream pr0n.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomotap View Post
    Can't tell if serious or...
    Not really. Maybe ~5% serious.

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    Maybe ~5% serious.
    YES!

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    Finally. I can cross that off my list.

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    let us not forget the hard drive space needed to brute force the encryption. meow.
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