There should be an image here!South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford wrote what he considered to be private email correspondences to a “dear friend.” Unfortunately, the recipient of his email communications had her email account hacked. This unauthorized access meant that Governor Sanford’s private, intimate email correspondences were media fodder for the national and international press. The breach of email security was one of the reasons that Governor Sanford has much unwanted attention and public embarrassment.

This example may be extreme — however, it illustrated a point. What you do on the computer and on the Internet may not be private and secure. What you have on your hard drive, like this year’s tax information, can be accessed by hackers and by malware.

One of the basic ways to protect yourself is to encrypt your computer information.

Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt. Security people have been saying this for years, and we agree. Encryption is an extra layer of protection. Somehow, there is a common belief that encryption is difficult and totally geekish. It’s not at all. SafeBit Disk Encryption makes it easy:

“SafeBit features on-the-fly disk encryption by creating encrypted virtual disk drives where you can hide files and folders, keep them encrypted all the time, but still work with these files just like you work with normal files. Disk Encryption is transparent to the user…”

This program is efficient and easy to use. It effectively provides security and stays out of your way. It really is non-intrusive. And, to encourage you to protect your sensitive data, the SafeBit people are being kind and offering our readers an unbelievable discount of forty percent (40%) off the normal price.

This is an exclusive, time-limited offer that is available to our readers. It expires on July 15, 2009. Safebit supports 32-bit versions of Windows Vista / XP / 2000 / NT.

There are two more things that need to be said. The first is that you may have all the security software protection ever recommended on your machine. You may be protecting yourself from malware, spyware, trojans, rootkits, and all that other garbage. An infection still can compromise your computer. No security software program dares to offer one-hundred percent protection (the person at the keyboard makes errors). And what happens if you lose or have your machine stolen? For example, missing/stolen laptops are reported every day. Then, all your confidential information is available to whoever is powering up your machine. This security breach leads to identity theft. Yes, this type of encryption should be on every government and business laptop. (Give a shout if you want this program in high volume. We will see what we can do for you.)

The other thing is that there is no backdoor. The SafeBit people state this clearly: “The software does NOT include any backdoor. Neither the vendor nor any other entities are able to break the SafeBit Disk encryption.” You must remember your password. There are no two ways about it. The vendor is not going to be able to save you — the program really is that good. Losing your machine may be costly, but losing the confidential personal information on that computer may mean possibly long term anguish. SafeBit is just an efficient, easy way to protect yourself.

The NeoByte people will give you a choice. They are offering our readers a forty percent (40%) discount on their Invisible Secret product. That product was reviewed previously. Both of these programs will help to keep prying eyes away from your sensitive, confidential files. Protect your privacy!