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PGP Whole Disk Encryption Level

Created: 17 Apr 2013 • Updated: 19 Apr 2013 | 3 comments
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I have some sensitive data on my company laptop and I want the comfort of knowing my confidential data on my laptop is secure in case my laptop were to ever get into the wrong hands.  I am currently using PGP Desktop (including whole disk encryption), version 10.1.0, which i bought about 3 years ago. I have encrypted my entire hard drive with the software.  Can anybody direct me to a website where i can get encryption specifications on the level of security the PGP software has?  I'm not an information technology guru, so my level of terminology and security knowledge isn't that great; I am just wanting to ensure the PGP software is strong enough to safeguard the data on my laptop. Any help with this matter would be greatly appreciated!

 

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Tom Mc's picture

As you can see in this Knowledge Base Article, PGP WDE uses 256 bit AES. 

You can read about AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) in Wikipedia.  Please note the following quote:

The National Security Agency (NSA) reviewed all the AES finalists, including Rijndael, and stated that all of them were secure enough for U.S. Government non-classified data. In June 2003, the U.S. Government announced that AES could be used to protect classified information: The design and strength of all key lengths of the AES algorithm (i.e., 128, 192 and 256) are sufficient to protect classified information up to the SECRET level. TOP SECRET information will require use of either the 192 or 256 key lengths.

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Phillip G.'s picture

Yes, the response given does give great clarity to my question and security for my concerns.  I searched the web for some time, but wasn't able to find what you've provided.  Thanks again, Tom!