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Whole Disk Encryption - How would it effect files stored in OneDrive for Business

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How would whole disk encryption effect files stored in something like the desktop installation of OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, et cetera? Especially as it pertains to having to download such files to a different computer that's not encrypted.

For example. Let's say I store data in the OneDrive for Business App on my laptop (good bad or indifferent, not arguing the point here). Let's say I also opt to do whole disk encryption on such said laptop.

Later, this laptop crashes. I install OneDrive on a new laptop, and the data downloads. Is that data usable?
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by:rindi
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OneDrive doesn't use encryption, so once your data has been synched with OneDrive the data won't have any encryption on it. If you want to keep your data safe, you'd need to do this with a 3rd party tool for every file before uploading it to OneDrive. A good tool to use for this could be 7-zip, if you password protect the archive it can use encryption.

Of course you won't be able to open such files directly, you'll first have to use 7-zip again to decrypt and extract the file before you can open it within your original utility.

I don't know whether Google Drive uses encryption, but I doubt it.
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by:McKnife
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Onedrive does use encryption. But its encryption is transparent to the user and does not interfere with the end user's full disk encryption or usage on different computers no matter if encrypted or not.
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by:rindi
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Then that must be new. It didn't use encryption from the start.
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by:Tom-J-Lael
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My question isn't about onedrive or google drive per se. It's about how is encrypting my entire disk going to effect my data as it's uploaded into these various online systems.
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And the answer is that it doesn't matter. The local encryption is transparent to the online services and vice versa. No problems will be encountered.
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Rich Rumble earned 250 total points
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Agreed, the disk doesn't look any different to you when it's booted does it? Thus the information is plain-text when it's booted and in use... The only thing FDE protects you from is from physical theft, please read (all of my articles really, but this one in particular): http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Encryption/A_12134-Choosing-the-right-encryption-for-your-needs.html
-rich
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by:Tom-J-Lael
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Thank you. I now know what i needed to know.
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