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Is there a tool to encrypt a file or directory?

Hello.

Are there any alternatives to TrueCrypt that work out of the box and don't require any installation? I am looking for something built right into Linux that I use to protect my data. Encrypting the partition is also a good idea.

What should I be looking at?

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And for encrypting partitions: How to make a partition truly secure? –  Lekensteyn May 27 '11 at 11:26
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I don't know of any other encryption programs that will work without a download and installation, you could try LUKS, http://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/, it is an alternative to Trucrypt that is made to work well with Linux operating systems, but it needs to downloaded and installed, however, you most likely could install it to a small USB flashdrive and always run it from that......

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