Everyone knows that laptops are wonderful. I have one so that I can work almost anywhere and that’s awesome. But I’ve had lingering issues with what’s the best way to deal with private data on it. I’m talking about things like financial records, billion dollar ideas, etc that could harm me if they were publicly known. Things like my resume don’t fall into this category. It was pretty easy to decide that I needed to encrypt some of my files on my laptop, but the unfortunate truth is that encryption can be a real pain to use in a practical way. Before I started to look at different encryption methods I decided that I wanted protection from sophisticated thieves and not bomb proof FBI can’t get me protection. So let’s take a look at what’s out there for the average user.