Happy Friday! Many of you wrote to tell me that you missed the
community quick poll. Well, I have good news: after two weeks of our
poll system being out of commission, it's back, but this time better.
While the new polling system unfortunately doesn't allow you to vote
directly from the newsletter, it's definitely a prettier version and
also displays the total vote counts -- the previous one did not.
So enjoy, and get your vote in!
Now let's hit up this week's member question from member Bob, and see
if we can help him in securing his external hard drive.
Bob, as you read through the members' answers to your questions, you'll
realize that there are many solutions to securing your external drive. The
answers are narrowed down to two methods: hardware that physically locks the
drive or using software to password protect it and encrypt the data.
And as a third possible solution, rather than using a physical drive, you could use a cloud storage service. Now although we don't exactly
know what type of data you are trying to secure, our members have provided a
good list of solutions, regardless of what type of data it is.
I have picked out a few member recommendations in the Q&A section to
get you started, but I'd like to call out the contribution from Dana
(aka waytron), for being particularly well-thought-out. Dana has been a regular contributor
to this newsletter for more years than I can remember, so thank you, Dana!
If any you members out there have any additional recommendations on
how to secure your external hard drive, don't be shy and submit the
experiences and solutions that worked for you. Thanks everyone for
your invaluable knowledge, and good luck, Bob, we do
hope you find a solution that is fitting to your needs. Have a great
Q: How can I secure my external hard drive? What I'd like to do is secure my external hard drive from prying eyes and
if it's lost while I'm traveling, no one will be able to access the data on
it. I've tried several security programs, but none of them seems to
work. My requirements are straightforward: it needs to be securely
password-protected and the data on the drive must be accessible using any PC
computer whether it is mine or another person's, regardless of which Windows
OS. Does anyone know of such a program that works, is secure and reliable,
and won't break the bank? I don't need all the bells and whistles, just a
secure external drive to protect my data. Thanks in advance for any
Q: How do I bring new life to my older Windows laptop?
I have a Sony Vaio laptop running Windows - 4 yrs old. It's been great.
Now for several months very slow to start, upload and get web pages. I
don't use this computer for pictures, videos, music etc. Plenty of hard
drive space available and RAM. Had a geek clean it up. He installed:
Superantispyware and Loaris Trojan remover. Said I had lots of
spyware and Trojans on my computer. Surprised as I have a Kapersky
program on that says I am clean. His clean up and mine = no
improvement at all. What is my next step? I am a retired nurse and am
more computer literate than my contemporaries, but way behind the
curve with you younger people. I'm on a fixed income and in this
economy would like not to have to buy a new laptop. I am a writer and
have a book contract - so really need a fast and reliable laptop. I
see web sites that promise speed ups but don't know if they are
trustworthy?? Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
It's bad when you are getting old and slow, and your laptop is getting
older and slower than you are!!
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