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May. 2nd, 2010

14:23 - Encrypting part of /home

I am preparing my switch to a new laptop at work in the next weeks. I am considering adding encryption to part of the hard drive, but I don't want to dramatically decrease performance. Encrypting the swap device or some .foo directories in $HOME looks like a good idea to protect private keys, keyrings, ... But encrypting git clones of large projects is probably useless.

So I am thinking of just having a small /home encrypted partition (a couple GB). I'd keep .foo directories in $HOME and only have symlinks to another non-encrypted partition where all my actual source code and other non-sensitive files would be.

Does this make any sense?

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