[kwlug-disc] Encrypted file systems

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 18 00:40:39 EDT 2009


Thanks for all the responses. I'll have a look at trueCrypt.

The encryption/decryption should be simple, such as asking for a password when mounting the partition.

The data is not super sensitive, it just has to be unavailable to dumb crooks. Secure enough to make it a hassle to access.

 Raul Suarez


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----- Original Message ----
From: Joseph Wennechuk <youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Sat, October 17, 2009 9:27:55 PM
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Encrypted file systems

The other thing is how cumbersome should the the encrypt/decrypt process be. 
There are many solutions. The main factor is the sensitivity of the data, 
and therefore the lengths that someone will go to get it. Easy is always 
less secure.


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From: "Paul Nijjar" <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca>
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 8:29 PM
To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Encrypted file systems

> On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 04:37:46PM -0700, Raul Suarez wrote:
>
>>
>> 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.
>>
> One follow up thought to this: the big barrier to having good dual-OS
> access is that I know of no decent filesystem that is fully supported
> by both Linux and Windows. Linux has some NTFS support, but I
> personally do not trust it with my data. That leaves FAT, which
> sucks in a variety of ways.
>
> This matters for TrueCrypt because it works by making an encrypted
> partition or file container, then formatting that container using a
> filesystem the OS understands.
>
> - Paul
>
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