advice about encryption please


A

a594

Using Quicken H&B 2013 with Windows 7. I plan to install a second copy
on my laptop, and will be travelling. Since there is always a risk of
losing my laptop, I'd like to insure that my Quicken files are secure,
in addition to passwording them, so I am considering using encryption.
Haven't decided exactly what to do or use yet, so I am seeking good
advice. I am considering TrueCrypt, and/or using MS Windows EFS
[encrypted file system]. I have no experience with either of these -
right now I am doing lots of reading and learning.

I currently prefer to enter all my data manually - I do not link Quicken
with any online services.

If anyone can offer me advice - things to read, a website, one's own
practices and experience, it will be very much appreciated.

tia,
albert
 
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K

Ken Blake, MVP

Using Quicken H&B 2013 with Windows 7. I plan to install a second copy
on my laptop, and will be travelling. Since there is always a risk of
losing my laptop, I'd like to insure that my Quicken files are secure,
in addition to passwording them, so I am considering using encryption.
Haven't decided exactly what to do or use yet, so I am seeking good
advice. I am considering TrueCrypt, and/or using MS Windows EFS
[encrypted file system]. I have no experience with either of these -
right now I am doing lots of reading and learning.

I currently prefer to enter all my data manually - I do not link Quicken
with any online services.

If anyone can offer me advice - things to read, a website, one's own
practices and experience, it will be very much appreciated.

You might want to consider putting the encrypted, password-protected
Quicken file on a thumb drive rather than on the laptop's hard drive.
The thumb drive is less likely to be lost or stolen than the laptop.
 
M

Marty

I have the same problem and use Truecrypt to protect my files.

I have created a Truecrypt volume and store my Quicken and other
sensitive data in it. I then copy the Truecrypt container to and my
laptop from my desktop and when I return home copy it back to the
desktop. This has worked for me for many years. It is a bit of a hassle
but it is better then exposing the data.
Alternatively You could use the same flash drive on both machines and
just move it between the machines and have different volume for backups
on each machine.

When you create the volume you will be prompted to enter a strong
password which you will need to enter each time you mount the volume.
This volume looks like a hard drive to the system. The only caveat is
don't forget the password as there is no way to recover the data.

Go to truecrypt.com for more information. BTW I don't have any
connection to this site other then recommending it.

Marty

Using Quicken H&B 2013 with Windows 7. I plan to install a second copy
on my laptop, and will be travelling. Since there is always a risk of
losing my laptop, I'd like to insure that my Quicken files are secure,
in addition to passwording them, so I am considering using encryption.
Haven't decided exactly what to do or use yet, so I am seeking good
advice. I am considering TrueCrypt, and/or using MS Windows EFS
[encrypted file system]. I have no experience with either of these -
right now I am doing lots of reading and learning.

I currently prefer to enter all my data manually - I do not link Quicken
with any online services.

If anyone can offer me advice - things to read, a website, one's own
practices and experience, it will be very much appreciated.

tia,
albert
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Marty Kovacs<br>
AARP Tax Aide<br>
Vermont State Technical Coordinator<br>
(e-mail address removed)<br>
802-224-9040<br>
 
A

a594

Using Quicken H&B 2013 with Windows 7. I plan to install a second copy
on my laptop, and will be travelling. Since there is always a risk of
losing my laptop, I'd like to insure that my Quicken files are secure,
in addition to passwording them, so I am considering using encryption.
Haven't decided exactly what to do or use yet, so I am seeking good
advice. I am considering TrueCrypt, and/or using MS Windows EFS
[encrypted file system]. I have no experience with either of these -
right now I am doing lots of reading and learning.

I currently prefer to enter all my data manually - I do not link Quicken
with any online services.

If anyone can offer me advice - things to read, a website, one's own
practices and experience, it will be very much appreciated.
You might want to consider putting the encrypted, password-protected
Quicken file on a thumb drive rather than on the laptop's hard drive.
The thumb drive is less likely to be lost or stolen than the laptop.

thank you Ken - I will be using your suggestion, along with that made by
Marty. Your help is much appreciated.
 
A

a594

I have the same problem and use Truecrypt to protect my files.

I have created a Truecrypt volume and store my Quicken and other
sensitive data in it. I then copy the Truecrypt container to and my
laptop from my desktop and when I return home copy it back to the
desktop. This has worked for me for many years. It is a bit of a
hassle but it is better then exposing the data.
Alternatively You could use the same flash drive on both machines and
just move it between the machines and have different volume for backups
on each machine.

When you create the volume you will be prompted to enter a strong
password which you will need to enter each time you mount the volume.
This volume looks like a hard drive to the system. The only caveat is
don't forget the password as there is no way to recover the data.

Go to truecrypt.com for more information. BTW I don't have any
connection to this site other then recommending it.

Marty

Using Quicken H&B 2013 with Windows 7. I plan to install a second copy
on my laptop, and will be travelling. Since there is always a risk of
losing my laptop, I'd like to insure that my Quicken files are secure,
in addition to passwording them, so I am considering using encryption.
Haven't decided exactly what to do or use yet, so I am seeking good
advice. I am considering TrueCrypt, and/or using MS Windows EFS
[encrypted file system]. I have no experience with either of these -
right now I am doing lots of reading and learning.

I currently prefer to enter all my data manually - I do not link Quicken
with any online services.

If anyone can offer me advice - things to read, a website, one's own
practices and experience, it will be very much appreciated.

tia,
albert
Thank you Marty. Your advice, along with Ken's, will be used as I try
out this strategy - seems like a very prudent way to go.
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

Using Quicken H&B 2013 with Windows 7. I plan to install a second copy
on my laptop, and will be travelling. Since there is always a risk of
losing my laptop, I'd like to insure that my Quicken files are secure,
in addition to passwording them, so I am considering using encryption.
Haven't decided exactly what to do or use yet, so I am seeking good
advice. I am considering TrueCrypt, and/or using MS Windows EFS
[encrypted file system]. I have no experience with either of these -
right now I am doing lots of reading and learning.

I currently prefer to enter all my data manually - I do not link Quicken
with any online services.

If anyone can offer me advice - things to read, a website, one's own
practices and experience, it will be very much appreciated.
You might want to consider putting the encrypted, password-protected
Quicken file on a thumb drive rather than on the laptop's hard drive.
The thumb drive is less likely to be lost or stolen than the laptop.

thank you Ken - I will be using your suggestion, along with that made by
Marty. Your help is much appreciated.

You're welcome. Glad to help.
 
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