Please support VectorLinux!

Author Topic: How do I encrypt a folder?  (Read 1816 times)

gwt

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 69
How do I encrypt a folder?
« on: June 22, 2007, 03:20:24 pm »
Is there anyway I can set a password to a specific folder that I have saved in my home directory?

Thanks...

Triarius Fidelis

  • Vecteloper
  • Vectorian
  • ****
  • Posts: 2399
  • Domine, exaudi vocem meam
    • my website
Re: How do I encrypt a folder?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007, 03:26:09 pm »
There's no file system support for encryption by default.

You can however, easily make an archive (zip, tar.gz, etc.) with a program like Xarchiver or ark (my favorite), and encrypt the single archive file. Vector Linux has GnuPG for that purpose. I never really used encryption for anything, so I direct you now to the HOWTOs:

http://www.gnupg.org/(en)/documentation/howtos.html

(BTW, never use built-in Zip encryption. It's reputedly piss-easy to crack.)
"Leatherface, you BITCH! Ho Chi Minh, hah hah hah!"

Formerly known as "Epic Fail Guy" and "Döden" in recent months

easuter

  • Global Moderator
  • Vectorian
  • *****
  • Posts: 2160
Re: How do I encrypt a folder?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007, 03:04:24 pm »
gwt, you may find this guide by RedHat for EncFS useful for what you need to do:

http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/06/13/dual-password-encryption-with-encfs/

To install EncFS for VL, in a terminal (as root) type:

Code: [Select]
slapt-get --update
slapt-get --install encfs

HTH