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    I agree, linux programs can paradoxically act a little too much like windows at times...
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    It isn't that my password showed up by default, but rather there is a hardware problem that required me to enable the showing of the password to have geli work.

    I have a few computers here at home, and this problem is only occurring on one of them.

    Encrypted your root partition is good to ensure that your configuration or installed software is not revealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonee
    It isn't that my password showed up by default, but rather there is a hardware problem that required me to enable the showing of the password to have geli work.
    That really doesn't make sense to me

    Encrypted your root partition is good to ensure that your configuration or installed software is not revealed.
    Right... Do remember that if someone hacks into a running server they can see all that.. Encrypting a filesystem doesn't help you there.
    The encryption only make sense when the server (or it's harddrive) is physically stolen. Putting it in a locked room usually prevents that.
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    That's true.. while it's running there is no protection. Of course, it does not imply that the encryption should not be used to begin with, as it certainly provides an additional degree of protection other mechanism simply do not have.

    Consider some of these threads:

    * http://osdir.com/ml/freebsd.devel.ge.../msg00013.html
    * http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/f...ch/010431.html
    * http://unix.derkeiler.com/Mailing-Li.../msg01736.html

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    Consider how many processor cycles are used to encrypt that compared to the cost of a cage with a lock. The latter is generally cheaper. Of course, that's assuming you want the machine to be as fast as possible as that it's a mission critical box... Not always the case ina home machine.
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