Disk encryption is the process by which every bit of data on a disk is encrypted, protecting it against unauthorized persons.

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Encryption, loop device and journaling file system on Linux

I've been reading up on tools like Truecrypt, loop-AES and Cryptoloop that use a "loop device" to create an encrypted disk volume within a file. On the README page for loop-AES, it has this paragraph ...
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Moving folders into a Truecrypt volume on Linux and using symbolic links for them

I've been running Linux Mint for a couple months and now I want to apply some encryption to certain data-sensitive folders. I've read that Ubuntu has an installation option to encrypt everything in ...
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Best way to protect a server with encryption

I am planning to deploy a server at a customer location, probably either of linux/bsd based system. How can I ensure that the server is protected from data-theft/replication, for eg. someone(maybe ...
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Will wiping free space with pseudorandom in outer (decoy) volume damage the encrypted hidden volume?

I'm referring to system full disk encryption with hidden OS. Objective is to corrupt / damage the encrypted hidden volume the simplest way. Here's the scenario: I've created system outer (decoy) ...
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Is there any full disk encryption out there that does not have any forensic traces? Any effective method?

I've been testing quite a number of full disk encryptions but still new in computer forensic stuffs. I'm fully aware of decoy/hidden OS and cold boot attack though. Even Truecrypt and Bestcrypt ...
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Fedora - what's the easiest solution for the in-place (without data loss) encryption of the (existing) /home partition?

I read that the installer can handle encryption easily, but I don't want to reinstall. TrueCrypt apparently can't encrypt a partition in-place and will require a format. I've looked around at some ...
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Best solution top keep data secure

What is the simplest and most elegant way of storing a small amount of data in a reasonably secure way? I am not looking for ridiculous levels of advanced encryption (AES-256 is more than enough) and ...
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Full Disk Encryption for Mac (Not PGP)

I purchased PGP Whole Disk Encryption for my Macbook Pro, and it's exactly what I need. After the Symantec acquisition, PGP no longer sells single licenses of the software so I can't purchase a ...
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Setting custom truecrypt boot prompt

I read a long time ago that you should set the truecrypt boot prompt to say something besides enter password. Is this still true? How can I do this, google search returns nothing useful.
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Linux Bitlocker equivalent

Bitlocker is a harddrive encryption data protection tool which comes with Windows Vista Ultimate and 7. Does anyone know an equivalent for Linux distros like Fedora and Ubuntu?
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Performance losses due to whole disk encryption? PGP vs LUKS vs other?

How is performance impacted by whole disk encryption systems such as PGP or LUKS? How do PGP and LUKS compare in performance? Im working on Ubuntu 10.10
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How does PGP Whole Disk Encryption work?

I have PGP Whole Disk Encryption running on my desktop at work. When I turn on the computer I get a grey screen like this one asking for my password. I type in my Windows password and move right ...
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Is it possible to boot an encrypted Windows 7 from grub?

I have a laptop with dual boot, a windows 7 with encrypted partition and an Ubuntu 10.10. Now I understood that i can't mount encrypted partitions from Ubuntu, 'cause it's not a valid ntfs partition ...
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Lenovo's password security

We talking about a T500 Lenovo notebook, but take the question generally. So: I have a BIOS password, a Windows password, a Boot password. Does that mean my HDD is hardware encrypted and I'm safe ...
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Is it possible to put only the boot partition on a USB stick?

I've been looking at system encryption with ArchLinux and i think I have it pretty much figured out but I have a question about the /boot partition. Once the system is booted up is it possible to ...
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dm_crypt no keyboard

I recently installed Arch Linux on a USB hard drive with disk encryption via dm_crypt. Everything is working fine on the system I set everything up on (my laptop) but when I try to boot to it from my ...
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Encrypting a SSD

I have finally made a move to ssd (OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE240G 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive) but using it without encryption makes me nervous.I've searched here and elsewhere ...
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What are my options in recovering data from a drive encrypted with Windows 7 Bitlocker

I used the windows 7 Release Candidate when it came out, which included in it the BitLocker software. I must have set it to encrypt my drive and I've completely forgotten about it when I ended up ...
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Which TrueCrypt Algorithm is the safest?

If performance is of no concern, which TrueCrypt algorithm is the safest to use? AES Serpent Triple DES Twofish AES-Twofish AES-Twofish-Serpent Serpent-AES Serpent-Twofish-AES Twofish-Serpent
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How to use ATA security on a hard disk in practice?

My SSD HD supports ATA Security. Does Macbook EFI and linux support it? I know hdparm does. Who will do the unlock at each bootup? Can I still set a password without erasing the disk? Update: removed ...
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What do I need to use to encrypt my USB hard disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to encrypt an USB stick? I want to encrypt my USB hard disk. And I want to do it with open source software. And I want to use only password for decryption. And I ...
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Full Disk Encryption and Home Directory Encryption

I was installing Ubuntu 10.10 using 10.10 Alternate CD. I chose 'Guided - use entire disk setup encrypted LVM'. After Specifying the passphrase for to encrypt the full disk, the installer ask me ...
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Truecrypting External Hard Drives?

I've always heard people talk about Truecrypting their external hard drives. How do they do this? Is the hard drive encrypted as a hard drive itself, or do you just make an Truecrypt image and then ...
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Whole-disc encryption offer protection when using files?

I've been trying to find an answer concerning whole-disc encryption and keep coming up short. Assuming PGP-disc, TruCrypt and so on work the same way, what happens when accessing data on an encrypted ...
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Advice on approaches to disk encryption in Ubuntu?

I'm considering encrypting the contents of my laptop, which runs Ubuntu 10.04 and has an ext4 + swap, and I'm wondering what the best options are here. I'm aware of: TrueCrypt: either block-level ...
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What is the easiest way to encrypt a dir? (on Ubuntu)

What is the easiest way to encrypt a directory on a Ubuntu based system? Let's say I have a laptop that is running Ubuntu 10.04, and on that I have some documents that should be kept safe (if I lose ...
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Reading an encfs volume from Windows?

I've been looking into encfs as a solution to encrypt my personal data. However I want to access this data both on Linux and Windows on different machines (synced through Dropbox). So far all Google ...
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Why should (or shouldn't) I use TrueCrypt's Virtual Encrypted Disk over encrypting my Windows partitions?

I have a Windows 7 laptop that I want to encrypt with TrueCrypt. I could create a Virtual Encrypted Disk, which appears to be a file that is mounted as a drive, and then I can store the files I want ...
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How to encrypt my system partition?

I want to encrypt my main hard drive (where I have my OS, programs, etc.) and I have looked for tutorials online but each one seems to follow different steps, some say that I need another partition to ...
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Wake-on-LAN with encrypted drive

I've set up a Ubuntu system as a server, with the entire drive encrypted. It needs the password at bootup, after the BIOS hands over to GRUB (at least I think that's when). I've since set up ...
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What's the easiest way to encrypt all of my files in ubuntu 10.04?

I'm looking for the easiest way to encrypt an entire hard drive of a personal computer, and I still would like it to be quick. I'd appreciate any help.
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Will hibernating an undergoing bitlocker encryption, damage the drive?

Yesterday, I began encrypting a 500GB harddisk. Now I have to go to college and during my absense, I want to hibernate an undergoing bitlocker encryption. But I want to know if this is going to create ...
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Program for keeping encrypted files

I am looking for a program for Windows 7 which will encrypt files specified by me and allow me to view/edit/delete those files without creating a virtual disk. I do not want to have virtual disk as a ...
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Nesting TrueCrypt File Volumes

Is it possible to nest TrueCrypt file volumes? In other words, if I create a TrueCrypt volume as a file and store it inside another TrueCrypt file volume, will it work? (As for what I'm going to ...
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Linux laptop encryption

What are my options for encrypting the /home directories of my Ubuntu laptops? They are currently setup without any encryption and some have /home as a separate partition whilst others don't. Most ...
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Ubuntu: Mounting an encrypted fs dump

I have encrypted an Ubuntu partition with the standard partition password encryption ubuntu offers (LUKS, As far as I remember). I have dd-dumped this partition to another computer, and want to mount ...
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Light and efficient file encryption for Ubuntu.

I'm using ubuntu 9.10. The system is installed on one partition, and my /home folder is on another partiton. I'm looking for a way to encrypt both partitions in Ubuntu 9.10, I'm NOT looking for ...
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udev: Mount encrypted volume upon USB stick insertion

I have an encrypted partition which I would like to mount automatically when I insert a usb stick containing the key, and I'd like to unmount it (and close the mapper) when the stick is removed. I am ...
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Does Ubuntu store all personal data inside /home?

I'm getting a netbook today, and I intend to dual boot Ubuntu and XP in it while encrypting the hard drive for obvious reasons. Problem is: I know that encrypting the entire harddrive in a dualboot ...
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Detecting a TPM chip?

I have a HP Mini 311-1000CA netbook running Windows 7 Ultimate. I'd really like to encrypt the harddrive using BitLocker but I am unsure as to how to work out if the Mini has a TPM chip or not. Any ...
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How to encrypt data on an external hard drive?

I want to secure my external (1 TB) hard drive that I use as a physical back-up for my home computer so that if the drive is stolen (eg burglary) then the data is not easily accessible by a common or ...
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Want an easy to use Linux disk encryption scheme

In the interests of protecting personal info in case a laptop gets stolen, I'm looking for the best way to encrypt a Linux system. Disadvantages of whole disk encryption including swap: Pre-boot ...
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Fast copy from one TrueCrypt non-system volume to another

Is it possible to perform sector by sector copy of one TrueCrypt non-system volume to another? As I see, the clone software (Maxtor MaxBlast) does not recognize the mounted disks as the suitable ones. ...
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Mac OS X full-disk encryption, with Time Machine

I want to encrypt at least my home partition on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5. I know both File Vault and TrueCrypt would do this, but I also want to keep on using Time Machine to back up my ...
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Unable to reformat an Iomega Ego Encrypt drive on a Mac

One of my clients has an Iomega Ego Encrypt 320GB portable hard drive. When used with Windows, the drive has software that grants/disables access to the (encrypted) contents of the drive. The ...
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SSH with authorized_keys to an Ubuntu system with encrypted homedir?

I recently set up a new server with Ubuntu karmic 9.10, and when I created my home directory I chose to make it encrypted. Now, after loading my authorized_keys file into ~/.ssh, it isn't recognized ...
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Does full Volume encryption put an SSD into a fully used state?

SSDs, particularly of the common MLC variety, have a limited number of writes before the memory cells wear out. Through the use of wear leveling algorithms this is effectively worked around so that ...
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Moving an Outlook OST file to an encrypted drive

I've just moved my client over to a hosted exchange mail box.... He uses some open source software (i forget it's name) to encrypt one of his drives, and he wants to move his OST file to this volume ...
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How to setup disk-encryption with Ubuntu?

I'm interested how you can setup disk-encryption for Ubuntu, with as few hassle as possible.
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What software should I use to encrypt my hard drive? [closed]

I am currently running Windows 7 RC x64 on my home system, and am interested in encrypting my hard drive. I've heard good things about TrueCrypt, but am curious what other folks might suggest. I ...