Transparent Encryption of the Home Partition

Registered by AndrĂ© RĂ¼diger on 2006-06-16

Many users are running their favoutite distro on a laptop where the chance for the machine to get lost or stolen is higher than with a normal desktop PC. So when an unauthorized person gets in the posession of the machine it is very easy to access private data on the laptop's harddrive (e.g. with a live CD or by uninstalling the harddrive). The goal of this spec is to integrate a transparent encryption layer for sensitive data.

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Not only /home should be encrypted. swap, /var, /srv, /usr/local and possibly /opt should also be encrypted. There should be an option to encrypt everything except /boot while installing.

Note: This spec is partially implemented allready. It is just very hard to do: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EncryptedFilesystemHowto

Just my 2 cent: Encryption is an important feature. Other distros work on its easy setup allready. Debian offers it during installation as an option, easy to setup. People want it, companies and governments need it. Windows has it for a long time now.

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