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Insight: Best Disk Encryption Tools for Linux
In this post, we are going to talk about some of the best disk encryption tools for Linux based operating system.
Best Disk Encryption Tools for Linux
Cryptmount is a utility for GNU/Linux operating systems. Some of the features of Cryptomount are:
- access to improved functionality in the kernel
- transparent support for filesystems stored on either raw disk partitions or loopback files
- separate encryption of filesystem access keys, allowing access passwords to be changed without re-encrypting the entire filesystem
- storing multiple encrypted filesystems within a single disk partition, using a designated subset of blocks for each
- rarely used filesystems do not need to be mounted at system startup
- un-mounting of each filesystem is locked so that this can only be performed by the user that mounted it or the superuser
- encrypted filesystems compatible with cryptsetup
- encrypted access-keys can be chosen to be compatible with openssl, or managed via libgcrypt, or (for 2.0 release-series) built-in SHA1/Blowfish ciphers
- support for encrypted swap partitions (superuser only)
- support for setting up encrypted filesystems or crypto-swap at system boot-up
CryFS encrypts your files, so you can safely store them anywhere. It works well together with cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive and others.
Tomb is a free and open-source tool for encrypting files on GNU/Linux.
VeraCrypt is a free open-source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. It creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
eCryptfs is a POSIX-compliant enterprise cryptographic stacked filesystem for Linux. eCryptfs stores cryptographic metadata in the header of each file, so that encrypted files can be copied between hosts; the file will be decrypted with the proper key in the Linux kernel keyring.
Cryptsetup is a utility used to conveniently set up disk encryption based on the DMCrypt kernel module.
EncFS MP is a program to mount EncFS folders on Windows and OS X but it is 100% compatible with EncFS 1.7.4 on Linux.