Lets say I have some documents which can make the difference between life and death, and it is very important that the files doesn't end up in wrong hands. (theoretically) These files are now stored unprotected on my macbook. So my question is if this is a safe method to encrypt and store them: 1. Put the files in a folder on my macbook. Then use the Disk Utility software to create a password protected .dmg archive of the folder. 2. Put the .dmg archive in a new folder, and then create a new password protected .dmg archive, with a different password, of the folder containing the .dmg with the files in it. 3. Repeat step 2. couple of times with a new password each time. 4. Put the final .dmg archive (the one containing all the others) on a memory stick. Is it possible to retrieve the files if, lets say CIA, get hold of the memory stick? The passwords are of course random letters and numbers etc. The files will then of course be lost for me, but will it also be lost for them? And what if they obtain my macbook where the files were located before the steps above. Is it safe just to reformat my mac, then follow these steps http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=DiskUtility/10.5/en/duh1011.html , or should I do more? Also. If I, on a public computer, view the files. Can the files be traced or found on the computer even if I didn't copy the files to the computer, but only viewed them from the memory stick? Hope this is the right subforum for my questions.