Following on from talk of Windows Vista encryption and Microsofts
collaboration with authorities to create a backdoorI have been snooping around
to see what is offered to Linux users in the way of disk encryption. Full encryption has been available to Linux
users for quite some time, however setup has been a trick affair and lots of
average or desktop users will have kept clear.
I stumbled across this interesting
blog describing LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) / Gnome integration which
may be available in FC5. The video
(click on the picture) shows how easy mounting an encrypted disk can be, this
is much easier than mounting an encrypted USB key in Windows which normally involves
executing a program to access the encrypted area.
Not using Fedora myself (liked it up until FC2 and after
that decided I prefer Ubuntu), I went looking for some more info, I found this great
HOWTO guide which I have just followed for my 2GB USB key.