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Data encryption and Ubuntu, Part I

Nov 21, 2008, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hamish Taylor)

"It is going to be a bit of a journey, so let's start with the Private directory on Ubuntu.

"Firstly, a bit of background. The last few versions of Ubuntu have included a way of encrypting the entire Home directory, which is similar to Microsoft's C:Documents and Settings in Windows XP or C:Users in Windows Vista. All user related files and setings are kept in Linux's Home directory.

"However, the only way to take advantge of encrypting the Home directory was to install Ubuntu using the Alternate Install CD, as opposed to the regular LiveCD. The Alternate Installer is a text based installer, rather than a grapical installer and therefore a bit off-putting to many people. Apart from that, it doesn't get a lot of press coverage and many people don't know about it."

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