“furiuscipher” is a very handy utility that lets you encrypt and decrypt text files under Ubuntu. It has an extremely simplified user interface, uses the “AES” encryption algorithm (a highly secure data encryption method) and when combined with a powerful password (or using a “pass phrase”, which is even better), it can help you secure your naughty text files with ease ;-).
It’s written using Python and GTK, also supports Windows too. But there is no “setup” file, plus, you’ll have to install two of its dependencies separately. So running it under Windows could be a bit troublesome.
Ubuntu users however, can just grab the “.deb” package and as usual, when double clicked on it, the application and all of its dependencies will be installed automatically.
Few main features …
*. Save or Load (both encrypted files and plain text documents) the encrypted content to disk.
*. Has an upper filed for entering text (supports “copy” -> “paste” functions) and shows the encrypted text in the lower field.
*. Clear the text fields easily using the “sweeper” icon.
*. If you want to change the encrypted text output (or the encryption “key” to be precise), then simply change your password/pass-phrase and click on the “Encrypt text” button and the “Cipher text” field will display (update) the changes immediately.
That’s pretty much it.
If you want to install it (ran smoothly in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin) then please visit this “furiuscipher” project page and get it.
Remember, for decrypting the encrypted text files on a different computer, you’ll have to have “furiuscipher” installed first. If you use the Unity desktop in Ubuntu, to launch it, search for the term “furius” in “Dash” and it should find it for you.
That’s it, good luck.