TrueCrypt - Free Disk Encryption Software

Monday, October 17, 2005

TrueCrypt is a Free, open-source disk encryption software for Windows XP/2000/2003 that encrypts on the fly.

Main Features:
  • It can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mount it as a real disk.
  • It can encrypt an entire hard disk partition or a device, such as USB memory stick, floppy disk, etc.
  • Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:
    1. Hidden volume (more information may be found here).
    2. No TrueCrypt volume can be identified (TrueCrypt volumes cannot be distinguished from random data).
  • Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Blowfish (448-bit key), CAST5, Serpent (256-bit key), Triple DES, and Twofish (256-bit key). Supports cascading (e.g., AES-Twofish-Serpent).
  • Based on Encryption for the Masses (E4M) 2.02a, which was conceived in 1997.

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