TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt

Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 340 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0a
  • Total Downloads:
    686,391
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 08, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.45MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,935
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star 24
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 3
  • 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

"Amazing Free Program"

August 09, 2011  |  By svt2010

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

I'm not sure what some people are experiencing but I've been using this program on x64 systems with 8 and 16GB ram without performance issues. This program does everything I need and is one of the first applications I install.

Cons

I have encountered no issues.

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4 stars

"Nothing is better to secure a file or entire drive."

August 09, 2011  |  By maine_scuba_diver

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

Open source software has the advantage of knowing the program lacks a concealed back-door. The software allows absolute confidence in data encryption in the event of laptop theft or loss. The data is inaccessible to anyone without the password.

Cons

The free manual available from TrueCrypt Org. must be carefully reviewed prior to use. Never forget the password or the data is lost, remember, no back door.

Summary

Safer and far less expensive (free) then most commercially available encryption programs.

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4 stars

"Ultimate freeware encryption program"

August 02, 2011  |  By Vignesh92

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

1. Powerful features
2. Hardware acceleration

Cons

None so far

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2 stars

"Confused about how this really works for me"

July 26, 2011  |  By Emeffel

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

Seems to be a tight security, providing just what I wanted when I went looking.

Cons

I don't know how to take full advantage of it, as it does not clearly explain the options of use. There are clear instructions about how to create a secure file, and that's it: there is no real explanation of how to take advantage of it.

Summary

If you can figure it out, you might like it.

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5 stars

"A bit of work, but it works"

July 20, 2011  |  By venn

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

Encrypts your stuff for free.

Cons

I took a class to learn how to work with this software, where I got a booklet the teachers put together. Not sure I could do it without it - which is not available to everyone even if they knew where to go to get such training.

Summary



Updated on Jul 20, 2011

You need to be careful with it: If you forget your password I think you have to delete the data you encrypted to make room for other data, there's no recovering the lost password, thus your data.

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1 stars

"What a Nightmare!!"

June 30, 2011  |  By SteveNChamp

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

It does system drive encryption.

Cons

It does system drive encryption, but...it slowed down my quad-core system in such a manner that it affected its performance no matter what algorithm was used. Definitely some major glitches in its pipeline to and from RAM and the CPU and HD's.

Summary

I cannot at this time recommend TrueCrypt to anyone. I found it to be "over-complicated" in its operation. It also had a bad tendency to "forget" how to even auto mount an encrypted drive, even after typing in one's password and getting to to load the keys. It's quirk to want to change the drive letter of an encrypted external and internal extra hard drive and list it completely as a virtual encrypted drive was a complete annoyance. Decrypting those drives was also a nightmare...the speed of the encryption was slow, sluggish, and reminded me of how the old single-core 64K systems worked. It completely bogged my performance down to the extent it wasn't worth encrypting my system for protection. Truly disappointed with this product...everyone raves about how great it is...but I have doubts as to whether quad-cores or higher, and folks with more than 4GB of RAM were even thought about (I have 12 GB of RAM, can go up to 24 GB RAM on my system). And I also have to wonder if 64 bit systems, like a lot of programs I've encountered that say they have 64 bit versions..wasn't created on the fly and in a hurry. I just found this product to create more problems than it supposedly was created to solve.

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4 stars

"Does what I wanted"

June 28, 2011  |  By jkaminski

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

I have done a container on a USB stick and half a 1.5 Tb portable drive. No problems and it appears to be secure.

Cons

You actually have to read some of the instructions (;>)

Summary

Good addition for any portable storage.

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4 stars

"Does exactly what I need"

June 06, 2011  |  By Macekk

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

Security of data

Cons

No obvious cons

Summary

I would recommend it

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4 stars

"Works great once you learn how to use it."

June 06, 2011  |  By JoshESouthgate

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

It just works!

Cons

Can't access encrypted hard drive on computer without TrueCrypt already installed or having USB drive with TrueCrypt installed.

Summary

Safest way to protect data.

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5 stars

"It is Fantastic"

May 26, 2011  |  By sri420in

 |  Version: TrueCrypt 7.0a

Pros

Works as described. Nothing more nothing less.
Totally hassle free.
Simple to use.

Cons

None that I came across

Summary

It is a fantastic program, considering it to be a freeware. it simply does all that it says.
Highly recommended

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What's new in version 7.0a
  • Hardware-accelerated AES (for more information, see the chapter Hardware Acceleration). Note: If you want to disable hardware acceleration, select Settings > Performance and disable the option 'Accelerate AES encryption/decryption by using the AES instructions of the processor'.
  • A volume can now be configured to be automatically mounted whenever its host device gets connected to the computer (provided that the correct password and/or keyfiles are supplied). Note: For example, if you have a TrueCrypt container on a USB flash drive and you want to configure TrueCrypt to mount it automatically whenever you insert the USB flash drive into the USB port, follow these steps: 1. Mount the volume. 2. Right-click the mounted volume in the drive list in the main TrueCrypt window and select 'Add to Favorites'. 3. The Favorites Organizer window should appear. In it, enable the option 'Mount selected volume when its host device gets connected' and click OK. Also note that TrueCrypt will not prompt you for a password if you have enabled caching of the pre-boot authentication password (Settings > 'System Encryption') and the volume uses the same password as the system partition/drive. The same applies to cached non-system volume passwords.
  • Partition/device-hosted volumes can now be created on drives that use a sector size of 4096, 2048, or 1024 bytes. Note: Previously only file-hosted volumes were supported on such drives.
  • Favorite Volumes Organizer (Favorites > 'Organize Favorite Volumes' or 'Organize System Favorite Volumes'), which allows you to set various options for each favorite volume. For example, any of them can be mounted upon logon, as read-only or removable medium, can be assigned a special label (which is shown within the user interface instead of the volume path), excluded from hotkey mount, etc. The order in which favorite volumes are displayed in the Favorites Organizer window can be changed and it is the order in which the volumes are mounted (e.g. when Windows starts or by pressing the 'Mount Favorite Volumes' hotkey). For more information, see the chapters Favorite Volumes and System Favorite Volumes.
  • The Favorites menu now contains a list of your non-system favorite volumes. When you select a volume from the list, you are asked for its password (and/or keyfiles) (unless it is cached) and if it is correct, the volume is mounted.
  • In response to our public complaint regarding the missing API for encryption of Windows hibernation files, Microsoft began providing a public API for encryption of hibernation files on Windows Vista and later versions of Windows (for more information, see the section TrueCrypt 5.1a in this version history). Starting with this version 7.0, TrueCrypt uses this API to encrypt hibernation and crash dump files in a safe documented way. Note: As Windows XP and Windows 2003 do not provide any API for encryption of hibernation files, TrueCrypt has to modify undocumented components of Windows XP/2003 in order to allow users to encrypt hibernation files. Therefore, TrueCrypt cannot guarantee that Windows XP/2003 hibernation files will always be encrypted. Therefore, if you use Windows XP/2003 and want the hibernation file to be safely encrypted, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to Windows Vista or later and to TrueCrypt 7.0 or later. For more information, see the section Hibernation File.
  • Many minor improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.
  • TrueCrypt no longer supports device-hosted volumes located on floppy disks. Note: You can still create file-hosted TrueCrypt volumes on floppy disks.
General
Publisher TrueCrypt Foundation
Publisher web site http://www.truecrypt.org/
Release Date September 08, 2010
Date Added September 08, 2010
Version 7.0a
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
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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