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Is there a FileVault alternative for Ubuntu that I can download from the software centre?

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Encryption of your home folder is supported by Ubuntu out of the box. This is an option in the Ubuntu installer. See: EncryptedHome community wiki for more details.

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If you want to encrypt a few files, here are a couple of possibilities:

  • Cryptkeeper allows you to create a directory where all files will be encrypted (the underlying encryption engine is encfs).
  • Easy Crypt allows you to create an encrypted volume, with a storage format compatible with TrueCrypt.
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