Create Encrypted Files and Folders in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10 Maverick Meerkat with Seahorse


Seahorse is a front-end for GnuPG (Gnu Guard Program), a tool for secure communication and data storage. With Seahorse extension for Nautilus, you could encrypt a file or folder by right-clicking it and selecting ‘Encrypt’ on nautilus context menu. Files and folders that are encrypted cannot be accessed without the passwords used to encrypt them. It is a another way to protect your sensitive information.

 

Getting started:

 

To get started, go to Applications –> Ubuntu Software Center.

 

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Then search and install ‘Decrypt File’.

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After installing, go to System –> Preferences –> Passwords and Encryption Keys.

 

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Next, click File –> New

 

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Then select ‘PGP Key’ and continue.

 

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Type your name and and email address, then click ‘Create’.

 

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Type your password and confirm.

 

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Log Out and Log back in.

 

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When you want to encrypt a file or folder, right-click it and select ‘Encrypt’.

 

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Select your encryption to use and click OK.

 

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Select to encryption each file or the entire folder.

 

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Each encrypted file will have the extension (.pgp) at the end of it. After encrypting, you can delete the un-encrypted version.

 

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Enjoy! And thanks for reading.


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