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abhiroopb
January 12th, 2010, 12:52 PM
I currently have a hard drive where / and /home are on separate partitions.

I would like to encrypt my /home partition. I would like to do this WITHOUT re-installing Ubuntu.

Is this possible?

Thanks

HiImTye
January 12th, 2010, 01:01 PM
EncyrptedFilesystem:So how do I encrypt my home directory? (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EncryptedFilesystemHowto#So%20How%20Do%20I%20Encry pt%20My%20Home%20Directory?)

lotharmat
January 12th, 2010, 01:07 PM
I currently have a hard drive where / and /home are on separate partitions.

I would like to encrypt my /home partition. I would like to do this WITHOUT re-installing Ubuntu.

Is this possible?

Thanks


Yup - there is a package called 'ecryptfs'

Here (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EncryptedPrivateDirectory)

HiImTye
January 12th, 2010, 01:16 PM
I tried to stay away from encryptfs since it's inherently less secure, the article I posted covers encrypting all folders that are commonly used, including swap

but encryptfs would be easier

abhiroopb
January 12th, 2010, 01:22 PM
Thanks to both of you!

@HiImTye: Thanks but the link was REALLY too complicated for what I was looking for.

@lotharmat: Thanks for your link, but I don't really want to create one SINGLE encrypted folder. I'd just like to encrypt everything in /home. Is there any way to do that?

Thanks!

HiImTye
January 12th, 2010, 01:27 PM
EncryptedHomeFolder (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EncryptedHomeFolder)