This is how to install cryptkeeper and set it up for usage.

Cryptkeeper is a GNOME applet for managing EncFS encrypted folders. To install it, use this command -

sudo apt-get install cryptkeeper

You can start Cryptkeeper from the menu with Applications->System Tools->Cryptkeeper

You should see an icon in your System Tray that looks like a pair of keys, or a padlock. This can vary a bit based on your current icon theme.

  • Click the left mouse button on the Cryptkeeper icon and select New encrypted folder.
  • Enter a name for your new folder and select a location for it.
  • Click the Forward button.
  • In the next screen, enter a password twice and click Forward.
  • Click OK in the last screen.

Depending on your Gnome settings, a Nautilus File Manager window may have popped up for your new encrypted folder. Cryptkeeper actually creates a small encrypted folder that it mounts as an encrypted drive. If you don't have Gnome then it should choose your default file manager.

Create a basic text file in your new encrypted folder to try it out. To hide your encrypted folder, click the Cryptkeeper icon and uncheck the box next to it.

To reopen your encrypted folder, just click on the Cryptkeeper icon and check the box next to it. Enter your encryption password at the prompt, and you're in.


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