I've long been wondering how best to feel secure in my data, and at the same time, have the super convenience of a NAS system.
And I finally figured it!
Truecrypt containers at a size almost 1:1 with the disk it's on.
Obviously I don't want to encrypt my media; if someone comes in and steals my DVD backups, well, damn, but OK.
But if they were to do the same thing with my photos or documents, I'd be pretty upset.
My main PC has an SSD boot drive, which I don't backup, and it's data drive is a 640GB drive (320GB platters FTW... back in the day).
If I use one of my servers spare 1TB drives, and make a 640GB TrueCrypt container, I suddenly have one hell of a secure backup location.
I can mount the container at windows boot, over the share, and it'll be as if it's another local drive to run backups on. Its just one extra password; once.
Meanwhile I have the other 300GB or so as a 'scratch disk' for data I haven't archived yet, or am actively working on.
Or better yet, for housemates to be able to more easily pass files.
The reason I was concerned about this is because I want to run a VM on my server, and open that to the world. (web server, or RDP terminal, or... something) but was worried that if it was compromised people would 'get everything'.
Also, sharing my server with other people in the units was a concern.
I know this is a bit of a ramble, but I hadn't properly taken the time to consider how easy it is to use file containers like this. I also like the fact that I can copy the container to another drive, check the MD5, and be happy 'everything backed up fine'.
With the only con being running truecrypt on every machine, and entering an extra password; I cant see the downside....
Edited by Master_Scythe, 10 October 2014 - 12:58 PM.