“When I was in school, I shared a computer with several housemates. This arrangement meant there was little to no privacy when it came to our files, so I copied mine to a floppy disk and stored it in a safe place.
Now I have my own computer, so I’m usually the only one looking at the contents of my hard drive. Still, for those times when friends and family come over to use my computer–and to protect myself should my PC fall into the wrong hands–I like to keep things like my journal and financial records in an extra safe place.
These days, instead of copying my files to disk, I use software that encrypts or password-protects selected folders on my computer. Here are three programs you can use to protect your personal data from prying eyes.” [Privacy Digest]