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Securely Encrypt Removable Media with Ubuntu

Jan 12, 2010, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In this tutorial by Christer Edwards, we will look at steps toward encrypting removable media such as USB thumb drives for secure management of personal data. This tutorial will walk the reader through seven steps required toward identifying, formatting and encrypting a removable disk for use as a secure partition.

"The other day my Dad mentioned that "any true geek always carries a USB drive with him". I proved my geek-hood by producing the 2G titanium thumb drive from around my neck. I then did him one further by telling him that the drive was encrypted with AES 256 bit encryption. I don't know whether or not he was impressed, but I sure proved that I am a true geek. It was this experience that prompted me to share my instructions on how to securely encrypt any removable drive.

"Following the steps outlined in this tutorial will wipe all data from the device / partition that you present to the encryption utility. You cannot encrypt an existing system using this method and retain the data. Please ensure that you have backups of your data, or that your data is otherwise expendable."

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