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Old 09-16-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Looking for a strong encryption to encode my files.


I want to encrypt my files and I'm not sure which is the strongest. Here are my choices ccrypt,gpg or openssl

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If you have a lot of files you want to encrypt, one option is to set up a truecrypt archive. It gets mounted like a regular drive, and then you can copy files to/from it like normal. This would be a decent option for maintaining an encrypted section of your computer where you keep sensitive information. If instead you're looking for a way to just encrypt a single file so you can email it to somebody, truecrypt wouldn't be a good solution.
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I would recommend disk encryption using cryptsetup if you are planning on installing on a new computer.

If the need is to encrypt only files, ccrypt would be nice. According to man page of ccrypt, it has encryption "equivalent" to 256 bits AES.

Of course, if you use GPG, that's likely to be the safest since you can sign the files and encrypt it and the key is needed to decrypt the files.

Hope that helps.

P.S. If something I have said here is wrong, someone please correct me.
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Right now, I just want to encrypt files and not a filesystem. I'm going with ccrypt. I like the ccat command which is part of ccrypt package. I can read the contents of an encrypted file without re-encrypting the file. Of course, I still have to enter my key to read it.

Thanks again all.


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