Carry Your Encrypted PC on Your Keychain
Right now, there are major breakthroughs for privacy happening in the computer technology world, especially with the huge expansion in storage capabilities. Today, you can purchase a USB drive that fits in your pocket or your keychain and that stores eight or more gigabytes of data. That's plenty of capacity for most users' data.
USB "sticks" are particularly useful when you're traveling, especially if you're using a PC in an Internet café or other public location. They're also useful to preserve your privacy if you're traveling internationally with your laptop. Customs officials in the United States --and other countries as well -- can legally seize and copy the contents of any laptop carried across a U.S. border.
However, even when you use a USB drive to hold your data, you still need to keep in mind that your privacy is at risk in other ways. Your laptop, or other PC you use with your USB drive, still contains traces of the files you access. Your PC also has your Web search history and much more. It's possible to minimize this trail using software such as Window Washer (http://www.webroot.com/ ), but it's difficult to eliminate it altogether.
To deal with this problem, you can now purchase a USB drive that includes a copy of your internet browser and email reader. When the USB stick is plugged into another PC -- or your laptop -- all your transactional records are stored on that USB stick, not on the PC. That includes your browser history and changes made to your email inbox.
One product with this capability is StealthSurfer, from http://www.stealthsurfer.com/ . Armorware (armorware.directtrack.com/z/81/CD125) has similar capabilities, plus it provides an encrypted data channel to avoid surveillance by your Internet Service Provider.
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