Why bother encrypting when I can simply place
-rwx------ permission on a file or directory? As long as the user that assigned the permission has a strong password, nobody else would be able to read, write, or execute the file. So it's going nowhere, and can't be opened. What's wrong with my thought process?
I remember back in the day how easy it was to browse Windows NTFS files that were "protected" by a Windows password, simply by using a Knoppix live CD on the computer. Nothing like that is practical on a Linux box that I'm missing here, right? As long as I've got the
0700 permission nobody is getting to my file/directory without brute forcing the strong password.
[Edit] Please assume that I am the only person with physical access to the computer.