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  • So if you need good encryption software at a good price—FREE—then go to www. truecrypt
  • Easy to setup and use Cross-platform software design (Linux/Mac/Windows) Works great on 64-bit machines Extensive documentation OpenSource Freeware (donations accepted) OTF Encryption available Ultra-Secure Cons

    • by William Shultz
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      Sometimes, sensitive digital information needs to be protected from those known in the computer world as a ‘Cracker’. It of interest to note, by the way, that if you were to put programmers into two groups with the former being the ‘good guys’ who develop security software and stable programs while the latter being the ‘bad guys’ who try to go around security and write a pesky virus, then it is the Hacker who wears the white hat and the Cracker who wears the black. In both cases, you’re looking at a computer user with formidable programming skills and a deep understand of computer operating systems, network security, and attendant software.

      Be that as it may, there is a lot of junk out there sporting the titles ‘encryption software’, ‘encryption suite’, and so on. This junk is


      full of security holes and flaws, leaving your sensitive information sitting there on your hard drive with a big neon sign over its head that says, ‘Dear Cracker: I’m what you’re looking for so come and get me!’ Usually, encrypted files—be they hidden or not—will show up as a specific bit-pattern if your hard drive is scanned by someone who knows what they are looking for (the Cracker). Therefore, your information really isn’t hidden. You can also find the typical encrypted file by its extension, which are the letters that follow the file name after the ‘.’

      The one and only product that I have found that addresses all of these concerns and more is TrueCrypt, available for free from www.truecrypt.org Just how good is it? Here’s some of the things you can do with TrueCrypt:

      You can encrypt practically anything with it. You can encrypt a portable flash drive or even an entire hard drive. The difference between TrueCrypt and other types of encryption software rests on the fact that TrueCrypt uses the same pattern to encrypt a disk as that of a formatted disk, which means that unless you really and truly know what you’re looking for and have the special (and expensive) software to find it, you’ll never see anything other than a blank disk if you don’t mount and decrypt the drive, which is basically impossible to discover. This is part of the ‘plausible deniability’ feature inherent to TrueCrypt and it really does keep your data safe from prying eyes.

      You can also build a hidden and encrypted drive that is virtually undetectable within your current OS, or hide ...


      • TrueCrypt Disk Encryption Software
      an OS within an OS.

      An encrypted file or virtual drive can have any name or extension you can think of, thereby adding to the security of your information.

      OTFE (On The Fly Encryption) allows your encrypted hard drive to be booted and used. In other words, it encrypts the entire disk and then encrypts/decrypts the data as the OS is running and programs are in use. This does NOT slow down your computer in any way.

      And best of all, TrueCrypt offers a good selection of encryption algorithms that include AES-256, Serpent, and TwoFish, and a variety of generation methods for your keys. Depending upon what form of encryption you use and how you use it (you can even have rotating encryption, which allows you to have ‘double-walled encryption using two different algorithms) it will take a million

      years or more to break the encryption and get at your sensitive information, guaranteed.

      In use, the GUI is very simple and intuitive to use, allowing you to quickly create secure information, and key selection/generation couldn’t be easier to use. Overall, it doesn’t get much better than this.

      So if you need good encryption software at a good price—FREE—then go to www.truecrypt.org and download the software. Installing it is quite easy and there is extensive, easy-to-read novice documentation at the website, as well as more advanced documentation if needed. There are also plenty of tutorial videos available online at different sites as well.

      Pros: Easy to setup and use Cross-platform software design (Linux/Mac/Windows) Works great on 64-bit machines Extensive documentation OpenSource Freeware (donations accepted) OTF Encryption available Ultra-Secure

      Cons: The complete Novice may find the directions a bit difficult Use may be a bit confusing until you understand the directions




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