TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt

Download Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 340 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2
  • Total Downloads:
    686,391
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 19, 2006
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.45MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,935
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star 31
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 340 votes

    • 5 star 228
    • 4 star 57
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 32
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5 stars

"Wonderful program that is easy to use and works great!"

January 03, 2007  |  By rattlhed

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

What an excellent product. This is exactly what I was looking for in file security. It's easy to use, just give yourself about 15 minutes to run through the tutorial, and you're off and running. I love that you can encrypt CD's and DVD ROMS, and they can be read on any computer as long as you have this program available (you can even simply run TrueCrypt from a USB drive, so there is no need to install it on a machine that you need to access a secure CD/DVD on). Archive files can be given any filename+extension, so they don't bring attention to the fact that they are secure files.

Cons

So far no complaints.

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5 stars

"As of it's been sent from the digital gods."

January 02, 2007  |  By Logain_600

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

First off I must say this program has so many bells and whistles it's not even funny. I used this

program to smuggle so much adult porn from China (because, porn it's illegal in China & if you don't believe me then google it). Anyways, back to TrueCrypt. Now TrueCrypt will not be a program for dummy's but, read the users guide to get you started.

If you still have problems you may need to check out there forms. Now to the bells and whistles. I'm not

going to name all of them because it's so many. The thing that I love most is the TrueCrypt digital Vault.

The TrueCrypt digital Vault is a big ass file (or small whatever size you make it out to be) the file is loaded

with ramdam data stuff that looks something like this (##$$%&^&^#%^#%^$%@#$76) and inside that

ramdam data is your goods. Whats so cool about this file is that it works just like your computer hard drive.

When you open the file after you make it it looks just like you just installed a new hard drive on your

computer. Then from there you can just start putting data in the file so you can hide your stash. So give it a

try. I hope you all love it as much as I do. One more thing. I've ran my cracking programs on my

TrueCrypt file for 30 days straight and could not crack it. So its pretty strong. So use a good password and

also, you can use files such as photo or text as keys.

Note: TrueCrypt kicks pgp's ass.

Cons

Yeah right None.

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5 stars

"Powerful File Encryption - Free!"

January 02, 2007  |  By Jeff321

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

It's 100% free and provides very strong file encryption for those who are serious about their file security. There are lots of features. It's easy to access and use your encrypted files once a volume is set up. Encryption and decryption is seamless, simply open or copy your files normally in Windows.

Cons

The beginner's guide in the manual is almost required reading, as the different options and features would likely be confusing for the average PC user... it is more oriented for a power user. It takes some time to get set up right and to encrypt if you have a large volume, but it's worth it.

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1 stars

"Use with extreme caution..."

December 30, 2006  |  By f8ster

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

The feature set is attractive.

Cons

I have had two major problems with this application, and I cannot recommend it based on these problems.

First, a dynamic NTFS volume will not back up and restore properly, even when unmounted. (However, if you mount the volume file to a drive letter and back up the individual files from that drive letter, it does work properly. This requires the volume to be left mounted for overnight backups, which is a big disadvantage -- I would much prefer to just back up the one volume file.) I was in the process of testing a backup/restore on a non-dynamic volume, which I suspect will work properly, when I ran into the next problem:

The main TrueCrypt window has hung numerous times when attempting to open a volume file. This makes it impossible to mount the volume, meaning all my data is inaccessible. This is unacceptable. The volume file in question was a 4.5 GB NTFS non-dynamic volume. The volume creation window has also crashed/hung on me once.

I am a senior software architect for a very large computer firm, and my system is otherwise very stable and carefully maintained, so I don't think the problems are due to any system issues.

I REALLY wanted to like this product, because it's exactly the feature set I was looking for. However, based on these two problems, I feel I cannot use or recommend it.

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5 stars

"Best Encryption Software I've tried"

December 22, 2006  |  By bigjimmy546

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

I used to PGP's suite to encrypt my sensitive files (about 2gb). Now I found Truecrypt, which offers smaller file size, hidden volume within encrypted volume, makes me feel much more comfortable about my data's safty.

Cons

If I have to say one, then: better interface, but don't get me wrong, it's the best one I've seen besides PGP, and much better than other competitions. Took me about 5 to figure everything out, so I still consider easy to use.

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5 stars

"best & easiest I have found"

December 16, 2006  |  By TigrrrTamer

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

1. FREE

2. choice of algorythms

3. interface, workability

4. very clever system of hiding encrypted files within encrypted files (directories)

5. don't need to close or shut down properly for the source to remain intact - then a volume/directory is mounted and unencrypted for use, you can pull the power cord to your computer and the encrypted file will be there, intact, and closed, when you restart it.

Cons

I would have liked to open 2 or 3 encrypted volumes/directories at once, assigning each one a differrent drive letter. I have only been able to mount 1 at a time.

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5 stars

"simplicity combined with capability"

December 12, 2006  |  By underwaterjazz

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

This program's great for three reasons-

its easy to use,its free and it packs features for those who need them.Also provided is a detailed pdf help which is sure to solve all your problems.All this pretty much ended my search for a good on-the-fly encryption program.The many algorithm and hash function choices offer a large variety of encryption methods. The online FAQ is very informative.

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5 stars

"5 stars"

December 10, 2006  |  By josealberto1975

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

Fast !, Full external hard-drive disk encryption. Using it every day + KeePass.

Cons

USB portability

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4 stars

"Does what it says, but you can find evidence of files with a hidden file search."

December 09, 2006  |  By JJo2006

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

Except for the "Con" listed below, everything seems perfect. I haven't yet tried all the features, but the instructions were very easy. Within a few minutes, I was able to create regular and hidden volumes. Very nice software.

Cons

Just to test if any evidence is left of my files after dismounting the volume, I ran a Windows search and specified for it to search hidden and system files. The search turned up shortcuts to some of the files, and even pointed directly to some of the files and showed the drive letter of the volume I encrypted. If you click on these, at least it doesn't let you actually open the files. It says the path doesn't exist etc. But it does show the exact path and filename. You won't be able to deny the file ever existed on the computer. As long as someone doesn't start searching for a specific filename or part of a suspected filename in your "hidden" files you'll be fine. I am by no means a computer whiz. Try this search for yourselves. Maybe I am wrong. Tell me what you think when you try this.

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5 stars

"Fantastic way to protect your privacy."

December 08, 2006  |  By DavidWasHere

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 4.2

Pros

1. I would say the most hardest working, encryption devices on the net! 2. You can encrypt as much space as you want. No limit as long as you have drive space. 3. Free support AND the product is free! Their is a Forum on the site to discuss problems. 4. Perfect for hiding personal files, you can even run programs off the drive you make. 5. You can even have a 2nd layer inside your volume just in case you reveal your password or are forced to reveal it (such as violently) so they only open the basic volume. Yet all of your important files are tucked away! Sneaky eh? Overall a very well made product, just about no bugs. Great to stop children/friends/family from looking/editing/deleting certain things from the computer if its in the drive. I'd recomend this to people with moderate computer skill.

Cons

1. After you finish making your encrypter file were you place all your stuff to encrypt, you leave your most important file hanging around in the computer. If it is accidentaly deleted by a someone or you edit it, all of your stuff is gone or corrupted. The trick to this is to place the folder in a really hard place to get to. (in system folders ect. it won't interfear with them running) and right clicking the file and then select 'properties' then select 'hide'. *WARNING* Make sure you know were it is though or its missing without a trace! Or if you have a USB, hide it in their if the USB has enough space. !!!NEVER LEAVE IN THE OPEN TO BE TOUCHED!!! 2. The instructions could be made easier for novices. Alot of things need to be set-up or managed in TrueCrypt. Their discription in their help files can get complicated if someone is new or knows little about encrypting files. Still an overall good product and it's FREE!

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General
Publisher TrueCrypt Foundation
Publisher web site http://www.truecrypt.org/
Release Date April 18, 2006
Date Added April 19, 2006
Version 4.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows XP/2000/2003
Download Information
File Size 2.45MB
File Name TrueCrypt-7.2.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 686,391
Downloads Last Week 1,935
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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