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Old 11-07-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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How to make Ubuntu ask for password when trying to access a folder, picture, etc

I'm a kinda new to Linux, and Ubuntu. I've had it for about 2 months and I know some of the complicated things. I was wondering how I would make Ubuntu 10.10 ask for the root password when ever looking at a folder, picture, mp3 file, etc. Is this possible, if so how?
Old 11-07-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
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I do not know about every time you open a folder but there is a way to make it so all your files are encrypted ,I believe you will find it on the startup page.Reconfigure startup instead of "ask for password " there is another setting that will password protect and encrypt files for you .At least it is that way in Mint 9,and 10
Old 11-07-2010, 07:05 PM   #3
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I think the best way to achieve this would be something along the lines of:

1) Make the files you want protected owned by the user "root" (man chown)

2) Set the permissions so that only user has read/write/execute privledges (man chmod)

3) Make a file (bash script?) that does something like "gksudo nautilus /path/"

There may be simpler solutions, this just comes to mind immediately
Old 11-07-2010, 07:53 PM   #4
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Easiest method I have found is cryptkeeper. Makes an encrypted folder in which to store data. Easy to use and access. Available in the package manager.

Truecrypt is probably the best albeit more complicated.

You can also make an encrypted zip or 7zip file via right click. You would have to add p7zip from the software manager.


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