How to Encrypt directories in Linux Mint – the GUI way, Cryptkeeper !

Ever wondered how to make encrypted folders or directories in linux mint without the command line. Well this tutorial would help you to create and mount a directory in a GUI fashion without even touching the terminal. In the backend we would be using a tool called EncFS, which uses FUSE library and Linux kernel modules to provide the filesystem without special requiring permissions.

The tool is designed to be used from your desktop toolbar without using any commands. It’s especially useful if you’re new to Linux.

How to install Cryptkeeper:-

Click on Menu = > Software Manager and then search for cryptkeeper

Now you need to enter the root password and as a superuser install this tool and then open the tool by hitting Menu and then searching in the Search box for cryptkeeper. Note that after you installed Cryptkeeper, by default it won’t open and dock on the system tray, that’s because only approved programs are allowed to dock on the system tray in Ubuntu and Linux mint.

Now we need to make a directory and then provide it a password in order to encypt it.

You can make the folder anywhere you like provided that you remember the path and the password. After making the folder you can copy paste or drag and drop data as if it was a normal folder or a directory.

Now that you have made an encrypted directory which would automatically mounted as if it were a partition and then you can save your valuable data in it. After you have finished saving data you can always unmount it from the panel as shown below. Remember for re-mounting the directory,  password will be asked to entered as shown below.


Voila, now you are protected from prying eyes.

Njoy !

By Akash Angle

I am a Full time Linux user who has quit using Windows for unknown reasons, making my life truly open source.

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