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Do customs check hard drives in singapore airport ?

Postby zdaz » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 9:36 am

Hi
the question is quite clear :)
do customs check contents of laptops or external hard drives looking for pirated music, movies, software, porn etc .. in singapore airport ?
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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:02 am

No. But they could. It would depend if they have a tip or 'tell' about a particular person.

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:59 am

reminds me of how some people (not OP) commit some shenanigans and would brag and be all smug about it.

and be surprised--no, nay, SHOCKED--when caught.

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Postby Asdracles » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:36 am

I would say that is a quite unlikely event, but it might happen. Chances are very low, but consequences can be high, so it's up to you to gamble.

I don't know anyone that got his HD checked, I just know 2 people who were asked to switch on the laptop (probably something wrong during X-ray scanning and they were asked to prove that was a normal working laptop), but of course they can do, especially, as SE said, if there is any "hint" for the custom officers

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:41 pm

Asdracles wrote:I would say that is a quite unlikely event, but it might happen. Chances are very low, but consequences can be high, so it's up to you to gamble.

I don't know anyone that got his HD checked, I just know 2 people who were asked to switch on the laptop (probably something wrong during X-ray scanning and they were asked to prove that was a normal working laptop), but of course they can do, especially, as SE said, if there is any "hint" for the custom officers


if you have an old version of windows, with a boot taking minutes, that's mighty inconvenient.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 1:47 pm

I've had to switch on my old notebook entering the US before so I guess it's possible here as well, especially if you are giving off the wrong pheromones.

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Postby taxico » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 3:31 pm

off topic, but they check hard drives on a regular basis in australia.

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Postby ausinsg » Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:36 pm

I heard of a couple of people having troubles entering the US with Solid State Drives (SSD) a few years ago. The x-ray people did not know what to make of the different image on the scan.

They were let through after booting up and having to explain what it was.

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Postby JackDaniels » Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:09 pm

Best to use something like PGP's Whole Disk Encryption which will encrypt on the fly all hard drive contents before boot. I've been using this for years and there's no noticeable impact on performance.

For the super top secret stuff create a Truecrypt container to hold those files you want to keep from prying eyes. Again this is a little overboard but paranoia is a state of mind until something actually does happen..

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Postby durain » Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:32 pm

JackDaniels wrote:Best to use something like PGP's Whole Disk Encryption which will encrypt on the fly all hard drive contents before boot. I've been using this for years and there's no noticeable impact on performance.

For the super top secret stuff create a Truecrypt container to hold those files you want to keep from prying eyes. Again this is a little overboard but paranoia is a state of mind until something actually does happen..


forget the hdd and go to orchard towers. :D

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Postby BillyB » Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:42 pm

JackDaniels wrote:Best to use something like PGP's Whole Disk Encryption which will encrypt on the fly all hard drive contents before boot. I've been using this for years and there's no noticeable impact on performance.

For the super top secret stuff create a Truecrypt container to hold those files you want to keep from prying eyes. Again this is a little overboard but paranoia is a state of mind until something actually does happen..


I'd just give your notebook a good wipe. Those U.V lights can detect many things !! :wink:

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:50 pm

BillyB wrote:
JackDaniels wrote:Best to use something like PGP's Whole Disk Encryption which will encrypt on the fly all hard drive contents before boot. I've been using this for years and there's no noticeable impact on performance.

For the super top secret stuff create a Truecrypt container to hold those files you want to keep from prying eyes. Again this is a little overboard but paranoia is a state of mind until something actually does happen..


I'd just give your notebook a good wipe. Those U.V lights can detect many things !! :wink:


the hard diks or the floppy drive?

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Postby BillyB » Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:55 pm

nakatago wrote:
BillyB wrote:
JackDaniels wrote:Best to use something like PGP's Whole Disk Encryption which will encrypt on the fly all hard drive contents before boot. I've been using this for years and there's no noticeable impact on performance.

For the super top secret stuff create a Truecrypt container to hold those files you want to keep from prying eyes. Again this is a little overboard but paranoia is a state of mind until something actually does happen..


I'd just give your notebook a good wipe. Those U.V lights can detect many things !! :wink:


the hard diks or the floppy drive?


Floppy. Anything else will definitely arouse suspicion (Shit, that's shockingly bad!)

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:14 am

BillyB wrote:
nakatago wrote:
BillyB wrote:
JackDaniels wrote:Best to use something like PGP's Whole Disk Encryption which will encrypt on the fly all hard drive contents before boot. I've been using this for years and there's no noticeable impact on performance.

For the super top secret stuff create a Truecrypt container to hold those files you want to keep from prying eyes. Again this is a little overboard but paranoia is a state of mind until something actually does happen..


I'd just give your notebook a good wipe. Those U.V lights can detect many things !! :wink:


the hard diks or the floppy drive?


Floppy. Anything else will definitely arouse suspicion (Shit, that's shockingly bad!)


Well, you certainly raised a fine point and perhaps, I daresay, got to the meat of the matter.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 29 Jun 2011 7:09 am

I believe, according to the latest surveys on ED, JD's problem might with with Floppy Drives. :lol:


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