Questions about encryption such as home folder encryption, partition encryption and file encryption.

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When installing I'm given the option of encrypting my home folder — what does this do?

Does encrypting my home folder make my computer more secure? Do I have to enter my password more if my home folder is encrypted? What else should I know about encrypting my home folder?
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How to stop using built-in home directory encryption?

I have a new Ubuntu 10.04 installation with encrypted home directory (using the built-in encryption offered by Ubuntu installer). What's the easiest way to stop using encryption? (I.e., to decrypt ...
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How do I quickly encrypt a file with AES?

I want to encrypt a file using AES-256. How can I do that quickly and easily, and how can I - or someone else -decrypt it again?
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Is there a way to password protect individual folders?

Let's say that I have a folder, within my Documents folder, that has files I want no one to access without a password. Is there a way to lock down that folder so that it's password protected / ...
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How can I encrypt data in Ubuntu One or Dropbox?

I'd love to use Ubuntu One or Dropbox features, like file storage and so on, but I don't want anyone else to access my data, USA Patriot act etc.. I want things to be encrypted so that the only place ...
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Is there a tool to encrypt a file or directory?

What's the most popular way to do that?
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encrypting text editor

Is there an encrypting text editor for ubuntu? In other words, the text editor, preferably GUI capable, should always save an encrypted file and always prompt for the password to re-open the file. ...
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Is there a tool that can add a password to a PDF file?

I've found lots of info on decrypting PDF files, but none on encrypting them. What tool can do this for me? Edit: There are two good answers below, but in my specific case the PDF was a scan, not a ...
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What is the performance overhead of encrypted /home?

I have a netbook with Windows on the second partition and Xubuntu (/ and /home) on the third partition. I selected to encrypt my home folder during installation. The performance of the netbook is ...
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Create encrypted (password protected) zip file

How do I create an encrypted (password protected) zip file?
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Can you unencrypt / remove encryption from a user home folder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to stop using built-in home directory encryption? During installation I have chosen to encrypt my user's home folder. Can I un-encrypt it? How would I do that? I ...
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Ubuntu One Encryption?

I have two questions... Firstly, is the communication between my Ubuntu desktop and the Ubuntu One cloud encrypted? Secondly, are the files, media etc. stored on my Ubuntu one account encrypted on ...
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Reinstall Ubuntu with encrypted home directory?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed with encrypted home directory. /home is on a aseparate partition. Can I just boot from 10.10 cd, reformat '/' and install as usual? I think it should work if I use the ...
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New encryption feature in Ubuntu 12.10: home encryption or full disk encryption? or both?

How do I correctly encrypt the entire partition when installing Ubuntu 12.10? I ask because the new Ubuntu installer now shows two encryption options. After choosing "Encrypt the new Ubuntu ...
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How can I do individual file encryption on Dropbox? [duplicate]

I'd like to set a single directory inside Dropbox in which files are encrypted on a file-by-file basis. At the moment, I use a 2Mb Truecrypt container inside my Dropbox which I then have to mount ...
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Will changing password re-encrypt my home directory?

I need to change my user password. Do I need to take any extra steps for my encrypted home directory to become inaccessible with my old password and only accessible with my new password?
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How to check if your home folder and swap partition are encrypted using terminal? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 a few days ago but strangely I seem to have skipped the part about choosing to encrypt home folder. Now if it is encrypted I do not know what is the encryption key. How do I ...
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Encrypt home drive after installation

I declined to encrypt to my home drive whilst installing ubuntu. Is it possible to encrypt it after installation? if so, how?
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How can I determine if just the .private folder is encrypted or the whole home directory?

How can i determine if just the .private folder is encrypted or the whole home directory?
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Is the swap partition encrypted?

Selecting the encryption option at install time to encrypt the home partition. Does this enable encryption of the swap partition or is the swap partition unencrypted. If the swap partition is ...
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How do I recover data from an encrypted Home directory

I opted to encrypt my Home during install, and now I would like to access my data from a LiveCD, unfortunately I'm having trouble following these instructions. I get the error "mounting eCryptfs: [-2] ...
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What's the best way to store a passphrase?

I've recently enabled Ubuntu's encrypted /home/ directory features and I was asked to remember a passphrase in case I would need to recover the data manually. What is the best way to store this ...
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Where do applications typically store data?

I was wondering if there was a standard location for storing user level application data. What I mean by that is stuff like Firefox bookmarks, Skype message history/password, etc. I'm asking because I ...
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Mount a LUKS partition at boot

I have installed an Ubuntu machine with two encrypted LUKS partitions: one for / and one for /home. I've reinstalled the machine to upgrade to 10.04. Again, the / is installed using LUKS, and I'm ...
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using locate on an encrypted partition

I selected /home/ to be encrypted when I was installing Ubuntu. Now, is it possible to make locate work with an encrypted partition like this?
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Which algorithm does “encrypt home directory” use?

When encrypting a user's home directory, either during the install procedure or later using ecryptfs-migrate-home, what encryption algorithm / key size is used by default?
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Where are decrypted files stored during runtime?

I wonder where does Ubuntu/eCryptfs store decrypted files from encrypted $HOME directory during runtime. Does it decrypt files just-in-time and store them only in RAM? What about large files (e.g. ...
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Where is the per-user salt kept?

Where does Ubuntu keep the password salt for each user?
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How can I disable Hibernate completely in Kubuntu?

I have seen the answer on How to disable hibernating?, but I have no such file. Possibly because that suggestion was written for Ubuntu, not Kubuntu (KDE, not Gnome). I do not have a swap on my ...
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use ecryptfs for Ubuntu One with an already encrypted home directory

I'd like the idea of having one encrypted folder on Ubuntu One. There are current howtos in the Internet how to set it up with EncFS or ecryptfs. I'd like to use ecryptfs - not because of speed as ...
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How do I enable Ubuntu to suspend the machine using LUKSsuspend during sleep/hibernate

I'm on Ubuntu 13.04 using full disk encryption (LVM on top of LUKS). I would like to incorporate luksSuspend into the suspend procedure (and later use luksResume) so that I can suspend to RAM without ...
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How do I disable the Home encryption offered during install? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to stop using built-in home directory encryption? During install I ticked the box to enable encryption for my Home directory. I'm concerned that it is effecting ...
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How can I read every DVD, even if encrypted by CSS or other?

I sometimes want to use my computer as a DVD-player. Unfortunately I know that I will often have to cope with encrypted DVDs, for example with CSS. Therefore I installed the libdvdcss2 library from ...
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How to use https with apt-get?

Does apt-get use https or any kind of encryption? Is there a way to configure it to use it?
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Encrypted Home… Forgotten Password, but no Passphrase

I am using a cloned hard drive in attempts to restore some old files. The cloned drive has 2 users, one with an encrypted home drive, one without. Both are administrators. When I couldn't get into ...
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What to do about “the disk drive for /dev/mapper/cryptswap1 is not ready yet or not present”?

While booting Ubuntu 12.04, the disk drive for /dev/mapper/cryptswap1 is not ready yet or not present is showing. What is this? Is this is an error?
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Why doesn't Cryptkeeper work in 12.04?

I recently asked this question about how to encrypt software on my machine. One of the answers suggested Cryptkeeper, so I installed it from Ubuntu software centre. The installation proceeded without ...
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Mount encrypted volumes from command line?

If I have an encrypted external disk (or an internal disk that is not in fstab), I see an entry for it in Nautilus -- with an entry like "X GB Encrypted Volume". I can click on this volume, and am ...
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Why does an encrypted folder totally fill my /home/ folder?

When I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop from the CD, I choose for encrypting my home folder. Just after, I copied a lot of files to ~, but that copying might not have worked. Since then my ...
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How do I encrypt my home partition?

With Ubuntu 9.10 I did not have any encrypted partitions set up, I have since installed a fresh Ubuntu 10.04. I have 3 partitions: OS root (/), home and swap. How do I enable encryption on my ...
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How can one unlock a fully encrypted Ubuntu 11.10 system over SSH at boot?

In previous versions of Ubuntu, and current versions of Debian, you can unlock a fully encrypted system (using dmcrypt and LUKS) at boot time over SSH. It was as easy as: Installing the encrypted ...
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Recover encrypted data after reinstall

I couldn't remember the password that I've used for so many weeks, and changed it in recovery mode but for many reasons I decided to reinstall Ubuntu 12.10 with my seperate /home folder intact and ...
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How to create an encrypted partition?

well i'm trying to create an encrypted partition and while i formated it i got the option to choose the partition type (fat/ext2/ext3/ext4/xfs/reiserfs/minix/ntfs) is there any benefit of choosing one ...
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Why am I given the option to also encrypt my home folder after I've selected system encryption?

I am installing Ubuntu 13 with full encryption but why am I given the option to also encrypt my home folder. Surely the home folder is covered under the system encryption? I'm confused.
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Securely automount encrypted drive at user login

An encrypted /home directory gets mounted automatically for me when I log in. I have a second internal hard drive that I've formatted and encrypted with Disk Utility. I want it to be automatically ...
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Check if partition is encrypted

How do I check if a partition is encrypted? In particular I would like to know how I check if /home and swap is encrypted.
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How to check if DNS is encrypted?

I have installed DNSCrypt , its OpenDNS encrypted DNS patch for Ubuntu & other Linux users & it's working fine. How do I know if my DNS is encrypted? I have googled but didn't find anything. ...
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How to configure LVM & LUKS to autodecrypt partition?

I have recently installed ubuntu server 11.04 with the full lvm encryption(installed from the setup) . I wish now to use a key file to do automatic unlock. I have tried to follow this guide ...
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Does the system suffer in performance because of full-disk encryption?

I have a netbook that uses an SSD (Corsair Force 3 SSD (5.02)). When installing Ubuntu on it I chose an encrypted file system with EXT4. My question is: Does the file system suffer any performance ...
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/etc/crypttab not working

I used the Disk Utility to create an encrypted volume on an external drive. When I click the Unlock Volume button in that program, it mounts the drive for me. Now, I want to automate this process so ...