Un Cachito de la vida

Un Cachito

Un Cachito de la vida - A little piece of Cameron's life

I was stunned when I read this report in the Washington Post about how some customs agents are occasionally searching or completely seizing international travelers' laptops and cellphones. The government claims your laptop is like a briefcase and they have a right to search it. There are some lawsuits pending now against the govt. for this and I really hope the feds lose on this one. Not cool.

Posted by charr at 7:57 AM

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Cameron,You might want to check globull
( sorry, this is all in French )
this is basically an encrypted bootable USB drive, that you can use on any computer/laptop ( well, the ones that can boot on USB ).And for the records, i obviously do not need this stuff since i have nothing to hide ...

Posted by Gilles at May 6, 2008 9:39 AM

Thanks Gilles. By the way, is that last message for the NSA or CIA, in case they're listening ;)

Posted by Cameron at May 6, 2008 9:42 AM

there is No Such Agency

Posted by Gilles at May 6, 2008 10:56 AM

You could encrypt your whole hard drive with TrueCrypt. It's in English too :)

Posted by Dan at May 6, 2008 1:57 PM

Part of the problem with that is that they forced one person to give the decryption key for this purpose. The workaround seems to be having all your data stored remotely and then just sucking it down once you reach your destination. That, however, would still be a big pain.

Posted by Cameron at May 6, 2008 2:02 PM

the ultimate encryption is steganography
basically, you have several level of security and it is possible to plausibly deny the existence of higher levels of security.
So if you are asked for your password, you can give one that will only show some non sensitive information ( porn for example ), and you do not disclose your really private stuff ( work, bank accounts, sex tapes, ... ) that require other passwords.But once again, this is totally useless to me :-)

Posted by Gilles at May 6, 2008 3:36 PM

hmm, is there a hidden message in what you said?

Posted by Cameron at May 6, 2008 3:45 PM

As a follow-up to Dan's and Gilles' comments, TrueCrypt supports stenography.http://www.truecrypt.org/hiddenvolume.phpFrom that page:"The principle is that a TrueCrypt volume is created within another TrueCrypt volume (within the free space on the volume). Even when the outer volume is mounted, it is impossible to prove whether there is a hidden volume within it or not, because free space on any TrueCrypt volume is always filled with random data when the volume is created and no part of the (dismounted) hidden volume can be distinguished from random data."I use TrueCrypt on my USB drive just because I'm prone to losing them (they're small!), but if I were required to take a laptop out of country, I'd put a hard drive in it with a very basic install on Linux on it, and use NX or ssh to do all of my work remotely. If I need to go into a facility without an internet connection, then I'd copy the data locally, use it, copy it back to my server when I'm done, and shred it off of the laptop before traveling home (I'd use ext2 to avoid journaling potentially sensitive data).But as I have no immediate plans for leaving the country, this is all just talk. :)

Posted by Matthew Hatch at May 15, 2008 11:44 AM

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