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It prevents accidental leaks of private data that is copied around. For example, if /tmp is on the / partition, files from your encrypted /home partition could be copied to the unencrypted /tmp, thereby making them accessible to an attacker. By encrypting the entire system, you avoid this channel.


Microsoft (among many others) uses somewhat confusing terminology at times. In this case, "drive" is used in the sense of "drive letter". This is distinct from a "disk", which is a physical storage device. A drive's data may be stored on a physical partition, but the storage location for a "drive" is most properly called a "volume". It might be one ...


Your best option with windows is BitLocker and it should be working already with windows 7 but in case you do not have it you can easily download it for free from: You only need to enable it once and it will work. From windows 10: Sign in to Windows with an administrator account. Go to ...


This is a compile-time option, not a run-time option. If you run ./configure --help on the cryptsetup source code, it'll reveal that --with-crypto_backend=openssl will do what you want.

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