From: Niall O Broin (niall at domain magicgoeshere.com)
Date: Sat 22 Jul 2000 - 09:37:34 IST
On Sat, Jul 22, 2000 at 10:24:34AM +0200, Deim Agoston wrote:
> I've got a simple question. Does anyone know about package which is able
> to set a password requirement on personal folders ? I tell you what I
> mean. I've got a friend and her boss has the root password on her machine
> (to be precise: on all linux machines he has root password) and she wants
> to defend her private life. While the boss has the root passwords he will
> be able to look at her personal mails etc. So, we want to avoid this. She
> created a folder called Private under her home dir and wants to add
> password protect.
You can't do what you want with Linux, or any other Unix like OS (although
you can with VMS - never did like VMS :-) ). The superuser really is super
and can read everything. What you can do is encrypt files and email using
GPG. At the moment, this could not be said to terribly simple to use, esp.
for a fairly clueless user. BTW your friend should be aware that she should
not consider anything in an email to even approach privacy. A company I once
worked for had a fairly sensible statement about this (about the only
sensible thing I ever heard in the entire company) - "Don't say in an email
anything which you'd object to seeing on the front of the evening paper".
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