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TrueCrypt

CNET 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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 337 votes

    • 5 star: 226
    • 4 star: 57
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 32
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent, outstanding top shelf freeware"

    October 4, 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

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

    September 9, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love It This Program Rocks"

    August 3, 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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