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TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt - locking away your private info

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by Giorgos, Feb 2006

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Maybe you want to take a look at TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt can encrypt a folder, drive or partition. You can encrypt your private files within a file and when you want access them, mount the file as a virtual drive.

 

There are many other like this, but unlike the rest, its Open Source, and that means there are no hidden backdoors in the code. It's a full version, with no lite version limits, and there is no restriction of virtual drive's size. I created a 3GB virtual drive. It even has anti-keylogger features preventing snapshots and such during its work. Finally, TrueCrypt is compatible with any PC, unlike Strong Box, which is powerfull also, but can run only at a couple of processors.

 

If you have a free account at SourceForge, you will notified at newer version releases. An alternate download link, which is faster, is at Snapfiles.

 

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Quote from truecrypt.org

Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows XP/2000/2003 and Linux

Main Features:

 

  • Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
  • Encrypts an entire hard disk partition or a device, such as USB flash drive.
  • Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.
  • Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:
    • Hidden volume (steganography – more information may be found here.
    • No TrueCrypt volume can be identified (volumes cannot be distinguished from random data.
  • Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Blowfish (448-bit key), CAST5, Serpent, Triple DES, and Twofish.
  • Mode of operation: LRW (CBC supported as legacy).
  • Based on Encryption for the Masses (E4M) 2.02a, conceived in 1997.