snuffy wrote:Is this suggesting that my windows 7 logon password to protect my laptop and all of its files are for naught and anyone can defeat password protection?
As others have said there are numerous ways to look at the files. One convenient way is to boot the computer from another operating system contained on a CD, DVD or Flash drive. Then that operating system can see all your files and read all but those that have been individually encrypted. For a commonly used external portable OS see:http://www.knoppix.net/
If you want to securely encrypt your files you need hardware encryption. The encryption algorithm is part of hardware logic not software on your computer. One such device is "Ironkey", a flash drive with built in hardware encryption. There are many other useful security features available with such a system. See:http://www.ironkey.com/