Today some one just asked me, is it possible to protect my tar archive, he is NOT so close to me, i don't like this, he tries to protect everything man! Anyway probably he is on a Operation Cock Block!
It is possible.
To create password protected archive
tar cfz - TheFolder/
and to decrypt and decompress the password protected archive
gpg -d TheFolder
BTW, did you also forget the Power of linux Z Commands – you may have a look at them once again, they comes handy sometimes - Zcat, Zmore,Zless, Zgrep, Zdiff
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