TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 340 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.2
File Size:
2.45MB
Date Added:
April 19, 2006
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
686,391
Downloads Last Week:
1,935
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Additional Requirements:
Windows XP/2000/2003

Editors' review

This open-source encryption program is loaded with powerful encryption features, but a lack of in-program help may dissuade all but those users who definitely need or want to completely secure their data. A powerhouse of potential, TrueCrypt offers 11 algorithms for encrypting your private files in a password-protected volume. You can store your encrypted data in files (containers) or partitions (devices). TrueCrypt works hard to offer powerful data protection, recommending complex passwords, explaining the benefits of hidden volumes, and erasing telltale signs of the encryption process, including mouse movements and keystrokes. Though the interface may not be immediately intuitive, its powerful, on-the-fly encryption for no cost still earns the freeware security tool a top rating.

The useful tips in the extensive help manual and volume-creation wizard provide excellent guidance. In fact, they're rather required reading, as TrueCrypt lacks any considerable in-program help. For instance, the tutorial explains the entire concept beyond "hidden" volumes, but it doesn't quite explain how to mount them. One obvious downside of any strong encryption program is if you happen to forget your lengthy, secure password, you should consider any protected files as good as gone. However, once files are mounted to a local drive with your password or key, they conveniently behave just like any normal files, allowing you to easily open, copy, delete, or other modify them. Dismount the volume, and voila--your previously accessible files are now safely secure from prying eyes.

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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 340 votes

    • 5 star: 228
    • 4 star: 57
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 32
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star: 31
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5 stars

    "Highest standard in encryption"

    August 20, 2014   |   By sec.eng.

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.2

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    Summary

    In the security field, publicly audited source code is the absolute highest standard. Since no company can stand up to governments, all their proprietary security products are by definition compromised. NIST standards are compromised because they are ran by the NSA. This gives us two qualifiers for reviewing all security tools: 1) is it open-source? 2) will it allow non-NIST standards? TrueCrypt answers yes to both.

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