Protecting Your Privacy at International Borders
The EFF has published a good guide.
My own advice is here and here.
Posted on January 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM
@Slarty - or Canada, at least if you're a Bishop
@Godel - it's mixed. Because SSD erases are slow and you can only write entire blocks modified data is copied onto any free space so the whole disk is quickly used.
But any bad blocks are flagged and ignored by any erase command - although they may be still readable with low level software
I think the big difference is the appropriate level of paranoia.
10 years ago you only worried about this stuff if you actually were a spy.
Today you should worry if you contribute to wikileaks or are a canadian bishop (*).
Or perhaps if you work for a foreign oil or aerospace company.
In a few years who is to say that laptops won't be routinely checked for Quickbooks files on behalf of the INS or the RIAA require checks for illegal MP3s?
Today an encrypted laptop - that you don't hand over the password for - will simply result in you losing the laptop. That's why the eff are promoting full encryption everywhere - so that impounding all encrypted laptops becomes as practical as stopping people taking dangerous phones, li-ion batteries or aircraft endangering kindles onboard.
* a bishop was arrested in canada for child porn on his laptop. Being a catholic priest who travelled abroad was reasonable suspicion to the mounties.
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