Why you should encrypt your home folder?

why ?

because without any password with only physical access to the machine, there is possibility to list and read all files.

how to do that ?

first you have to get to the GRUB menu, to do that during boot-time please press “Shift” or “Esc” (you have to check what works for you)

if you see something like this, press ‘c’

what to do next?

now you should be able to type ls, to display all disks and partitions

grub> ls
(hd0) (hd0,gpt3) (hd0,gpt2) (hd0,gpt1) ...

or ls -l (hd0,gpt2)/

grub> ls -l (hd0,gpt2)/
boot/
etc/
media/
var/
dev/
home/

what we can do with this knowledge ? For example read .bash_history, maybe you will find some password there 🙂

grub> cat (hd0,gpt2)/home/{USER_NAME_HERE}/.bash_history