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    encrypt firefox

    Hi,
    I was wondering how can i secure my firefox data. There are some extensions for that but i want to know how can i manually do that. Should i have a small disk space as a separate drive and mount it when firefox starts ? What encryption should i use on that fs. Some more information that might be useful plus any links you can share.

    Thank You


    ***EDIT i found one link on ubuntuforums http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ighlight=encfs. If you have more information please share.
    Last edited by Saeen; May 11th, 2011 at 12:44 PM.

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    When you install, select to encrypt home.
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    Re: encrypt firefox

    If ubuntu is 100% secure, why would you need to encrypt its data?

    just posted this in one of my own threads, but I think its relevant.

    Code:
    https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmn. View Post
    If ubuntu is 100% secure
    I don't remember anyone claiming it is. Nothing is 100% secure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturePilot View Post
    I don't remember anyone claiming it is. Nothing is 100% secure.
    I've definitely read that somewhere. shame its not..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmn. View Post
    If ubuntu is 100% secure, why would you need to encrypt its data?
    Ubuntu is very secure against remote exploits, but if you want protection from local users you need to encrypt your data. Otherwise anyone can boot with a live CD and read any files on the system.

    Plus you should always encrypt all files on any computer you travel with in case it's stolen.

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    Re: encrypt firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by lmn. View Post
    If ubuntu is 100% secure, why would you need to encrypt its data?

    just posted this in one of my own threads, but I think its relevant.

    Code:
    https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
    As FuturePilot mentioned, nothing is 100% secure. Besides, the OP wants to encrypt the stored data, not the data transfer. The main reason is that several extensions store user information on databases.

    @Saeen

    I would also suggest encrypting the home folder.

    However, you might want to use Private Browsing feature of Firefox. There is a rule for add-ons development that extensions should respect private browsing mode to be approved and thus do not store any data.

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    Lovinglinux yea but i think the reason i want to encrypt this data is that i want to keep it. I spend time learning stuff like this and then when i come across useful information i like keeping it for future or detailed reading because i normally take an overview.
    #lmn you might be reffering to the firewall section. I remember reading that ubuntu is considered so secure that they dont include any tool like firestarter. That in a way is claiming to be 100% secure.

    One question though the link i pasted in the first post says to create a script and save it in the encrypted folder.
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    cd `dirname $0`
    HOME=`pwd` firefox
    when i run it from my terminal it shows this message:
    Code:
    (firefox-bin:6409): GnomeUI-WARNING **: While connecting to session manager:
    None of the authentication protocols specified are supported.
    
    (<unknown>:6455): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_drawable_get_display: assertion `GDK_IS_DRAWABLE (drawable)' failed
    Any ideas ?
    Last edited by Saeen; May 12th, 2011 at 12:31 PM.

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    Re: encrypt firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by Saeen View Post
    Lovinglinux yea but i think the reason i want to encrypt this data is that i want to keep it. I spend time learning stuff like this and then when i come across useful information i like keeping it for future or detailed reading because i normally take an overview.
    #lmn you might be reffering to the firewall section. I remember reading that ubuntu is considered so secure that they dont include any tool like firestarter. That in a way is claiming to be 100% secure.

    One question though the link i pasted in the first post says to create a script and save it in the encrypted folder.
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    cd `dirname $0`
    HOME=`pwd` firefox
    when i run it from my terminal it shows this message:
    Code:
    (firefox-bin:6409): GnomeUI-WARNING **: While connecting to session manager:
    None of the authentication protocols specified are supported.
    
    (<unknown>:6455): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_drawable_get_display: assertion `GDK_IS_DRAWABLE (drawable)' failed
    Any ideas ?
    That tutorial is from 2006. Things change pretty fast on Ubuntu, so I wouldn't use it.

    I am not sure if it still valid, but you can try https://help.ubuntu.com/community/En...ivateDirectory

    Basically you will create a Private encrypted directory, move the ~/.mozila folder to it and make a symlink from the ~/Private/.mozilla folder to ~/.mozilla.

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    Re: encrypt firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by lmn. View Post
    If ubuntu is 100% secure, why would you need to encrypt its data?

    just posted this in one of my own threads, but I think its relevant.

    Code:
    https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
    No one ever said it was 100% secure. Besides, encryption has nothing to do with OS security anyway -- it's only there to stop someone with physical access to your machine from reading the encrypted files. It does nothing for network security.

    Of course, TLS and website encryption is another matter, but all browsers do that automatically anyway.
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