[kwlug-disc] Encrypted file systems

Brad Bierman bbierman42 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 17 21:00:58 EDT 2009

I would use truecrypt. It works with both Linux and Windows.

Create a large file that is a truecrypt volume and mount it. This way
you can backup the file and it is still secure and using it does not
effect anyone else who uses the system.

"An expert is someone who has made every mistake in a very narrow feild"
Niels Bohr

On 2009-10-17, at 8:12 PM, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com> wrote:

> My father has the need to keep some files secure in case someone
> breaks into his home (before you think it's far fetched: He lives in
> Mexico City).
> The computer is a "common" computer in his den used every now and
> then by my siblings and other people (My parents are quite social).
> He does not want to block access to the computer to the people that
> already use it occasionally.
> My first thought was to set up a partition with an encrypted file
> system in an external drive for him to put the private files there.
> This way he can have logical and physical security.
> This computer is dual boot: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / Windows XP Home  and
> ideally he wants to be able to access the files from either OS.
> What encryption method or mechanism do you think would work better
> for him? If there aren't any cross platform, which one would be the
> best to do it in Linux?
> Performance or latency are not a concern, he has a new quad core.
> Most of the files would be smaller files.
> Raul Suarez
> Technology consultant
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