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Marlepp

Storing passport/credit card numbers on computer

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My husband wants to put our passport numbers and visa card numbers and encrypt. How safe is it on the computer. Can it be hacked???? Thank you for all previous help and am looking forward to your reply. Mariette

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My husband wants to put our passport numbers and visa card numbers and encrypt. How safe is it on the computer. Can it be hacked????
Yes, just about anything can be hacked, if you have enough time, and it is worth while. Normally, an encrypted data file with a secure pass-phrase of, say, 32 alpha/numeric/punctuation mixed characters using Truecrypt or similar encryption makes time to break the code not feasible. Then you have to watch physical security: Your computer can be stolen, the entire data file can be written on-line as a challenge, or the prospective thief can find the pass-phrase where you left it next to or on the computer. Another potential security risk is a keylogger installed on your computer. How safe is it on the computer? If encrypted it is at least as safe as leaving the credit card or passport in a home safe. We are talking about a backup of the physical documents, which is a good idea, but a better one is an off-site, possibly even out-of-state, backup, either electronic or photo-copy in case of fire/flood/tornado/etc. cwsnyder2
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