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TrueCrypt

CNET Editors' review

The ultimate freeware encryption program, TrueCrypt is loaded with powerful features that users concerned with protecting data from prying eyes will find robust and comprehensive.

It has 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 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 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 another way. Dismount the volume, and voila--your previously accessible files are now safely secure from prying eyes.

The apps newer features include hardware acceleration for some Intel chips, auto-mounting, and convenience improvements for when you "favorite" an encrypted volume have improved both performance and usability. Users can even create a hidden operating system, encrypted away from nosy busybodies, but make no mistake--TrueCrypt is not for the casual encryption explorer. Be sure to thoroughly understand what you're doing with the program before you do something regrettable.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 338 votes

    • 5 star: 227
    • 4 star: 57
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 32
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely Fantastic!"

    April 20, 2014  |   By pierdzioszek

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    Never had problem with encryption (I've always encrypted whole drives)
    Always got the feeling that my data is safe
    It's free!!! (but donate if you like it)

    Cons

    Not the most user friendly software. A little bit old-fashioned :)

    Summary

    I've been using it for at least 3 years. All my data is on a Truecrypt hdd. It's back up as well!
    Never thought of trying another one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great. No problems whatsoever!"

    March 15, 2014  |   By alexmonte

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    Encrypts and decrypts perfectly with absolutely no issues.

    Cons

    None so far and I've been using it for about half a year.

    Summary

    Works Perfectly!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best encryption program i've seen"

    January 28, 2014  |   By maxell_moon

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    nice and easy to use once you get the hang of it.

    Cons

    no obvious flaws as yet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible!!!"

    January 19, 2014  |   By jzami

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    NONE - No, seriously, I have nothing to recommend.

    Cons

    Tutorial is less than worthless!

    Summary

    After following the so-called tutorial I was able to create an encrypted, usable USB Flash Drive twice - TWICE!! - out of over 20 attempts. The tutorial leaves out critical steps. If you receive an error message and try to redo the process, it aborts unless you eliminate ALL evidence of the previous attempt. All I wanted to do was create an encrypted USB Flash Drive. Simple, right? Sucker.

    Before committing to a real encrypted backup, I tried to create a simple folder on a small USB flash drive. After a dozen tries it somehow worked. I don't know how it worked, but it did. I tried to replicate it. After another dozen tries it miraculously did. I thought the third time would be a breeze. Eight tries later I still CANNOT replicate the encrypted backup.

    I have run out of patience.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Everyone should use TrueCrypt"

    November 22, 2013  |   By Doug_Vitale

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    It offers advanced encryption options, and high reliability and stability.

    Cons

    Encryption concepts and user interface a little confusing for new users. It takes a little "getting used to". See my introduction to TrueCrypt below if you are new to the application and want to make sense of it.

    Summary

    http://dougvitale.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/using-truecrypt-on-linux-and-windows/

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  • 4.0 stars

    "TrueCrypt appears to be very good"

    November 3, 2013  |   By Mojo707

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    It was easy to download, install and then simple to run, so it should give confidence of protecting my data.

    Cons

    Nothing with TrueCrypt, however during the download from CNET an annoying cookie of advertising was installed as well, which took several days to find and remove it.

    Summary

    I can travel with some assurance that personal data is protected by a easy to use program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very nice program and did everything i wanted it to"

    August 2, 2013  |   By SuperBen10

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    free and does everything it says it does seems like a top notch program im very impressed with it

    Cons

    it could be more user friendly(explain things some) aside from that none that i can think of.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says, with limitations"

    July 26, 2013  |   By TheLeopardz

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    - Secures data
    - Invisible

    Cons

    - Will never accept password on first try. Must dismount and remount drive every single time.
    - Cannot remove decryption without wiping entire drive. I have a 3TB drive and the instructions say to "move all files off drive first." To where? Poor limitation.

    Summary

    I installed this before I realized it was a one-way trip. Now I wish I hadn't

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  • 5.0 stars

    "*Real* Security right here!"

    July 1, 2013  |   By PrivacyDriver

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    Written by some of the best minds in the business. If you want true encryption then you should not look any further... fact

    Cons

    Nothing so far

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    June 19, 2013  |   By somphongj_bb

    Version: TrueCrypt 7.1a

    Pros

    support fat32 and ntfs ,easy interface

    Cons

    Good program for protect your file

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