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Truecrypt Alternative?

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by num, Jan 2, 2009.

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  1. num

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    I am unclear about your question. Do you want something different from TrueCrypt, or do you not realize that TrueCrypt can encrypt an entire drive? If the former, I'm not trying to start an argument or even a discussion; if the latter, look again. :)
     
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    i just want some program that can encrypt the entire main hard drive for linux including the boot like truecrypt can for windows.
     
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    anyone?
     
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    From my repo (PCLinuxOS):

    cryptsetup:
    Utility for setting up encrypted filesystems
    LUKS is the upcoming standard for Linux hard disk encryption.
    By providing a standard on-disk-format, it does not only facilitate
    compatibility among distributions, but also provide secure management
    of multiple user passwords. In contrast to existing solution, LUKS stores
    all setup necessary setup information in the partition header, enabling
    the user to transport or migrate his data seamlessly.
    LUKS for dm-crypt is implemented in cryptsetup. cryptsetup-luks is
    as a complete replacement for the original cryptsetup. It provides all the
    functionally of the original version plus all LUKS features, that are
    accessible by luks* action.

    TrueCrypt:
    Free open-source disk encryption software
    TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume
    (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or
    decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on
    an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password or correct
    encryption key. Until decrypted, a TrueCrypt volume appears to be nothing more than a series of
    random numbers. Entire file system is encrypted (i.e., file names, folder names, contents of every
    file, and free space). TrueCrypt never writes decrypted data to any storage device (it only
    temporarily writes data being decrypted to RAM).

    NOTE: When asked for administrator password, give your user password, not root password.



    First hit with google search:
    Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.
    http://www.truecrypt.org/
     
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    whats the difference between Cryptsetup and LUKS?
     
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    anyone?
     
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    Do you mean the difference between the original Cryptsetup w/o LUKS and the current implementation with LUKS? Maybe Encrypt devices using dm-crypt and LUKS will be helpful. If not, do some searching for "Cryptsetup" and you may find a description of the added functionality.
     
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    so dm-crypt allows encryption of the entire boot hard drive correct?
     
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    I do not know the answer, but I think that either of those applications will encrypt an entire drive, including any boot info, regardless of operating system.
     
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