CD-R/RW insecure storage of data?

  andy@ 17:03 06 May 03
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I have heard that burning data on to CD is not a secure method of data storage. Why is this? Is is because the risk of physical damage is quite high?

Andy

  dth 17:28 06 May 03

it is a secure way of storing data but not 100% - as cdr's and cdrw's do fail sometimes. for essential stuff it is best to make two copies of any cdr or cdrw (storing then in different places)

  jeez 17:59 06 May 03

if by "not a secure method" you mean that the medium is unreliable the the above advice is sound. If you mean the availability of the data to others if the cd is lost/stolen etc. Then you can encrypt the data with an appropriate program or use a file compression utility to compress and password protect the archive, but it should be stressed that no approach is 100% secure.

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