Fortunately, there is a way to encrypt individual files in Ubuntu and, in this first of two posts, I'll outline how to prepare Ubuntu and create an encryption key:
- Open the Ubuntu Software Centre and type decrypt into the search dialog. Select the Decrypt File plugin and install the package.
Install the Decrypt File Plugin from the Ubuntu Software Centre
- When the plugin has been installed, open the Passwords and Encryption Keys application from the Accessories Menu and click on the My Personal Keys tab.
- Click File and then select New...
|Open the Passwords and Encryption Keys Application|
|Create a New PGP Key|
- In the Create New... dialog, select the PGP Key option and click Continue.
|Select the PGP Key option and Click Continue|
- Complete the New Key dialog box and click Create and you will be prompted for a passphrase.
|Complete the fields in the New PGP Key dialog|
- Once you have entered and confirmed your passphrase, you are ready to encrypt data using Natilus.
In the next post, I'll outline how to encrypt and decrypt files using the GUI rather than the CLI.
- PGP is an acronym for Pretty Good Privacy
- GUI is an acronym for Graphical User Interface
- CLI is an acronym for Command Line Interface
- Wikipedia Pretty Good Privacy