This tutorial is part 1 of 2, and will show you how to easily encrypt files and folders in Ubuntu 11.10 using TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt is an open-source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. It can be used to encrypt a whole disk or just a partition, and encryption is done in real-time and it’s transparent.
When a file or folder is encrypted using TrueCrypt, it cannot be accessed or viewed by anyone without the proper authentication. This is a great way to keep your secrets secret!
- Install TrueCrypt in Ubuntu 11.10
- Encrypt files and folders
To get started, click here to download TrueCrypt for Linux, Ubuntu. Choose 64-bit (x64) if your systems support it and click ‘Download’
When prompted, select ‘Open with Archive Manager (default)’ or save the file.
When Archive Manager opens, click ‘Extract’ If you chose to save the file, go to the location where you saved it, then right-click it and select ‘Extract Here’
After extracting, go to your home folder and double-click ‘TrueCrypt’ installer.
When prompted, click ‘Run’
Then click ‘Install TrueCrypt’
After installing, open TrueCrypt from Dash
Now begin creating encrypted partitions or volumes by clicking ‘Create Volume’
This is the end of Part One. In Part Two, I’ll show you how to actually encrypt a volume so that files and folders you wish to hide can be put into it.