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  1. Joined : Sep 2016
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    Windows 10
       13 Oct 2016 #1

    Security: How to Make My PC More Secure?


    I want to make my Windows 10 Pro PC more secure from something like a robbery or where my physical PC is in danger, not from a threat like a hacker or something on the internet who gains access to my PC.

    As I was using my PC, I just realized that I store so much personal information on my PC: my personal photos, my personal journal and so on all on my PC. I have setup a "login password" where I'm asked to enter a password whenever I boot into Windows, however, aside from this I don't have any other passwords on it.

    It'd be so easy for a burglar to walk into my study and just detach my external USB drives, my internal HDD's and so on. What's to prevent someone from taking my USB HDD's or internal HDD's and then connecting them to their PC at home and accessing my data?

    Thank you!
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  2.    13 Oct 2016 #2

    Two things if you keep your photos docs ect on Google drive or 1 drive if your pc is lost your stuff is safe on the cloud so you wont loose them in a fire etc. The protecting from someone putting the hd in another pc the only real option is to encrypt the drives
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  3. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 142
    Windows 10
       13 Oct 2016 #3

    Encrypting my PC's internal HDD would take a long time... Is there another way for me to secure my PC?
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  4. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 230
    Windows 10
       13 Oct 2016 #4

    detach your hard drive from your computer.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 142
    Windows 10
       16 Oct 2016 #5

    RubberDucky said: View Post
    detach your hard drive from your computer.
    Thanks for the reply, but I'm not sure what you mean?
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  6. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 142
    Windows 10
       19 Oct 2016 #6

    Are there any other options?

    If someone stole my PC's internal HDD and plugged it into their own PC, would my "login password" show up for them to enter before they could access my files?
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
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    Posts : 1,149
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       20 Oct 2016 #7

    Unless your user files are encrypted, anyone could steal your HDD, install it in another PC and read all of your files.

    Either store very sensitive files on an external disk and keep it in a secure physical location or encrypt your sensitive user files.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro
       20 Oct 2016 #8

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Encrypting my PC's internal HDD would take a long time... Is there another way for me to secure my PC?
    Where did you get that idea? And who cares how long it takes? It happens in the background and doesn't affect your use of the computer. You can even shut it down, and when it starts up, it continues the encryption (BitLocker)

    There is also the option to encrypt specific folders, rather than your whole drive. This is tied to your login though, and if you ever had to re-install, you have to remember to unencrypt the folder before hand, then re-encrypt it again after reinstallation.
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  9. Joined : Sep 2016
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    Windows 10
       22 Oct 2016 #9

    Steve C said: View Post
    Unless your user files are encrypted, anyone could steal your HDD, install it in another PC and read all of your files.

    Either store very sensitive files on an external disk and keep it in a secure physical location or encrypt your sensitive user files.
    Could they even plug the HDD that Windows 10 Pro is currently running on and access my files or would they need to enter my "Windows login" password?
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  10. Joined : Jun 2015
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       23 Oct 2016 #10

    No, they would have full access to all files without needing a password. I recently replaced the hard drive in my laptop with a SSD and put the old HDD containing Windows 10 and all user files in an external disk caddy. I confirm I can read every file on that HDD without needing any passwords.
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