Encrypted archive with openssl and tar

openssl des3 -salt -in unencrypted-data.tar -out encrypted-data.tar.des3
The lifehacker way: http://lifehacker.com/software/top/geek-to-live--encrypt-your-data-178005.php#Alternate%20Method:%20OpenSSL "That command will encrypt the unencrypted-data.tar file with the password you choose and output the result to encrypted-data.tar.des3. To unlock the encrypted file, use the following command:" openssl des3 -d -salt -in encrypted-data.tar.des3 -out unencrypted-data.tar
Sample Output
enter des-ede3-cbc encryption password:
Verifying - enter des-ede3-cbc encryption password:

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By: berot3
2009-10-03 03:50:46

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What Others Think

well im not sure, but isnt the lifehacker-cmd better cause it doesnt uses the pipe, or is it just a matter of taste?
berot3 · 454 weeks and 4 days ago
I think the lifehacker command is much better as it only uses one command and has no pipes or redirects..... Great Command.....
felix001 · 454 weeks and 2 days ago
I like encfs...under linux, it uses FUSE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EncFS
bwoodacre · 454 weeks and 2 days ago

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