"A friend recently quizzed me about the Encrypted Home
Directory feature in Ubuntu, but unfortunately his questions were
not due simply to his naturally inquisitive nature.
"A week earlier, he was en route to a Free Software conference
and boarding a train in Europe after an overnight flight from the
United States. In a flash, one thief created a diversion while his
partner-in-crime stole my friend’s laptop case.
"While not particularly happy about losing his computer, he was
far more distraught at his potentially compromised data which
included encryption keys, stored website passwords, personal
finance information, confidential documents… everything.
"This could just as easily happen to anyone. Do you travel with
a laptop that contains private information? If so, what is of more
value – the physical hardware itself, or the data? There must
be a way to protect this highly sensitive material. Fortunately,