What is the difference between home folder encryption and full disk encryption that we find in the Ubuntu versions ?

Which one of them is more secure ?

Using them both could make my laptop more safe ?

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    i Found this link, maybe this help you: [New encryption feature in Ubuntu 12.10: home encryption or full disk encryption? or both?][1] [1]: askubuntu.com/questions/203159/…
    – Aby
    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:45
  • Thank you for the link. It says the full disk encryption is better. But what about using them both : could that be more secure ?
    – user284234
    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:47

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Yes, combining the two is safer, but its marginally safer and depends entirely on your passwords. As a regular user, there is no need for the combined, the home folder cant be accessed in any way before the disk is decrypted, using full disk encryption and a strong passphrase will protect your private information sufficiently.

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