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    Ok, so my parents own a second home in NM in which they spend about a quarter of the year at by taking several 3-4 week trips every few months. Well, this past time they went up there, someone had broken in and it got my pops thinking about all the banking material etc. that he keeps on his PC there. He was questioning about what kind of information could someone get off the PC? Can they somehow get the passwords that he's been using online to his accounts, etc.? My first suggestion was that he just take the PC with him but they fly there a considerable amount so that's out of the question. I told him if he cleared all of his cache, temp folders, deleted cookies, etc. he would prolly be alright. Then I suggested using a program like GoToMyPC or PCAnywhere and just keep the files at his home computer, but then he's worried about his PC at the normal home. Sheesh, he worries too much I think.

    Anyone have anythiing that they would suggest to ease his mind? Would clearing cookies, cache, etc. do the job?



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    What you are suggesting should work OK.. but if he's really that worried, I would suggest he gets a removable hard-drive that he can take eveywhere with him.

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    Add a password on bootup. He would have to type it in everytime he turns the pc on, but without it no one can get in. Unless your common thief is also a world famous hacker, at which point you need to advise them to get some pussy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by barbarossa
    What you are suggesting should work OK.. but if he's really that worried, I would suggest he gets a removable hard-drive that he can take eveywhere with him.
    Are you refering to an external HD or an actual "removable" one?
    Last edited by Barbarossa; 04-03-2007 at 12:28 PM.



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    clearing the cache & temp files is not enough
    you could encrypt vital info
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    if deleting vital stuff - use a total wipe / eraser type of program

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99%
    clearing the cache & temp files is not enough
    you could encrypt vital info
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    if deleting vital stuff - use a total wipe / eraser type of program
    Any recommendations?



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    no - i havent been into it.(time waster)
    but what the others said about an external hardrive is good
    but
    wouldn't stuff he does anyway "be processed" thru the main hard disk? Hence still retrievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skizo
    Quote Originally Posted by barbarossa
    What you are suggesting should work OK.. but if he's really that worried, I would suggest he gets a removable hard-drive that he can take eveywhere with him.
    Are you refering to an external HD or an actual "removable" one?
    An actual "removable" one..

    e.g. http://www.discountelectronics.com/i...new&prevstart=
    Last edited by Barbarossa; 04-03-2007 at 12:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99%
    no - i havent been into it.(time waster)
    but what the others said about an external hardrive is good
    but
    wouldn't stuff he does anyway "be processed" thru the main hard disk? Hence still retrievable.
    See above

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    Maybe think about a decent laptop and dump his current desktop model. Something that he can either take with him on his trips or leave in your care while on holiday.

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