TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt

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

Version:
6.0
File Size:
2.45MB
Date Added:
July 07, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
672,369
Downloads Last Week:
2,815
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

Editors' review

The ultimate freeware encryption program, TrueCrypt is loaded with powerful features that those concerned with protecting their data from thievery should want--and have.

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

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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    4.3

    out of 340 votes

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

    3.7

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
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    "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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