TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 340 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0
  • Total Downloads:
    686,391
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 07, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.45MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,935
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 20 votes

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

"excellent, outstanding top shelf freeware"

October 04, 2008  |  By stuartbkk

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

Free, just works as advertised. Have been using this since back in the E4M days

Cons

Entire partition encryption etc can be a little technical for inexperienced users, but very easy to create, mount, dismount standard file volumes.

Summary

Individual file/folder encryption (via right click) would be nice (especially if this can be done without renaming the file extension). I understand the complexities of file system level encryption (like Windows Encrypting File System) but it would be great to be able to use encryption as easily as EFS, but without the massive security holes and poor cryto strength, hassles with keys, forced tie-in to Windows logins etc

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3 stars

"Looks good, except for crashing my laptop :("

September 10, 2008  |  By argon255

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

I'd chance to test it for a couple of days.. the program looks to be everything it promise to be, well at least what i could saw during two days of use

Cons

It crash my laptop. Use it on my partner's laptop and also crash.. it just did it faster. The only way to recover was using vista system restoration point, which gladly truecrypt created it automatically before installing.

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1 stars

"Insane! Know Your Priorities...Have a Week to Spare?"

September 09, 2008  |  By btmeppyk

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

I'm sure, as the editor & other reviewers express, it is likely a strong encryption program.... However......

Cons

I value life & avoid being sucked into every useless side agenda possible. This program seems an inside joke of Geeks like the editor/reviewers. U don't need to know the construction of a program to use it. I suggest a user friendly program instead.

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1 stars

"Where's the security"

August 26, 2008  |  By rfm33428

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

It's a nice program that's for free.

Cons

If your data is that sensitive, why use a program that announces is encryption techniques. Even if it's random, the person trying to steel your info knows what techniques to go through.

Summary

I think the best, or well.....better anyway, is a program that does not announce the algorithms used. Unless the person is well trained, why make it easy for the average 'Joe?' Now that it's known what's used, all that has to be done is learn how to decrypt each method.

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5 stars

"quick and easy"

August 20, 2008  |  By kozmob

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

easy access via hotkeys to favorite encrypted folders. Folders then show up in Explorer for easy manipulation.

Cons

installation a little non-intuitive. Just follow directions.

Summary

Only used it for a day but so much easier than protecting each file and so much easier than previous encryption programs.

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5 stars

"The Best Encryption Software Around"

August 20, 2008  |  By Rfizzle000

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

This is the best encryption software around. Better than the ones you pay hundreds of dollars for. Its real easy to figure out, Strong encryption, and best of all FREE! You can encrypt everything from regular files to a Full Partition or Computer. It has Cascades of Algorithms such as AES, Serpent, and Twofish with 3 different Hash algorithms which are RIPEMD-160 which is 160 bits, SHA-512 which is 512 bits, and the third version of Whirlpool which is 512 bits. Try it. You won't be disappointed in this software! Have used for a year now.

Cons

Nothing. It is perfect.

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5 stars

"asskickin' good"

August 20, 2008  |  By tfcolligan

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

Very robust and also a bit challenging. As the reviewer states, you'd better know what you are doing (or learn it well). Great stuff, and bravo!

Cons

novices beware. all i'll say.

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5 stars

"Great Software"

August 19, 2008  |  By pv1yang

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

Surprisingly easy to use, even for those who aren't entirely encryption-savvy. The software's wizard mode is extremely helpful and very convenient. Also has a 'traveler mode' for thumb drives.

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1 stars

"Becareful with ZoneAlarm Firewall"

August 14, 2008  |  By Andrew Hay

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

Don't know I couldn't run it.

Cons

Couldn't get it to work as there is a conflict with ZoneAlarm Firewall

Summary

Seems to have a conflict with ZoneAlarm Firewall. I tried once (last year) to install it on my hard drive but there were conflicts with ZoneAlarm firewall (TrueVector closed down)...not very good if you are surfing on the net!!! Today I tried to install it on a pen drive....the same result (TrueVector closed down) due to a conflict. I have started a thread at the Zonealarm forum so I'll keep you informed.

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5 stars

"Love It This Program Rocks"

August 03, 2008  |  By noelian13

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 6.0

Pros

It has 11 Encryption Method or algorithms and it works very good i tested it on my PC

Cons

None Because i Like It

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0
Version 6.0 includes new features such as parallelized encryption/decryption on multicore processors/systems, the ability to create and run an encrypted hidden operating system whose existence is impossible to prove (Windows Vista/XP/2008/2003), and the ability to encrypt an entire system drive even if it contains extended/logical partitions (Windows Vista and Windows 2008).
General
Publisher TrueCrypt Foundation
Publisher web site http://www.truecrypt.org/
Release Date July 07, 2008
Date Added July 07, 2008
Version 6.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista
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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