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Authored by: dbs on Aug 11, '06 09:29:05AM

If someone has physical access to your machine they can get at anything on your disk that is not encrypted. (Particularly if they are repairing your machine which makes it easy to remove the hard disk.)

You either need to encrypt your data (I have my tax and quicken data stored on an encrypted disk image, for example) or securely erase it (putting it in the trash and using the secure delete function). Anything short of that leaves the data pretty easy to access.

The hint will only make it take a few extra seconds for someone who wants to get your data to get it, and maybe prevent someone from just poking around for fun.

If you just want to prevent the casual snooper then just create a "repair" account as suggested and put the password on the machine with a sticky note. Worked every time for me. I didn't bother trying to keep my machine secure because it's really hard to do it effectively.

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