Linux Journal: Peter van der Linden’s Guide to Linux: A Lesson in Encryption, Part 1

“One of the qualities that distinguishes Linux from lesser
operating systems is its superior support for your privacy and
security. That means more than avoiding buggy virus-propagating
applications, such as Microsoft’s Outlook and Internet Explorer.
Savvy people and organizations quite rightly want to protect their
data files and e-mail from snooping eyes. One way to do so is by
keeping important files in coded form, a practice known as

“Don’t think encryption is only for secret agents or computer
gurus with ponytails down to the waist and witty t-shirts from