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TrueCrypt is a freeware software application used for on-the-fly encryption (OTFE).

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DiskCryptor error. Can it be fixed? or what equivalent disc encryption software should be installed? Thanks [migrated]

DiskCryptor is giving me the error: "Not enough space after partitions to install bootloader. Install bootloader to first HDD track?". Then after clicking YES, I get "Error code: 20" then upon ...
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Is there a reason to use TrueCrypt over VeraCrypt?

I am looking to encrypt a few drives of mine, and my ONLY interest is security. It is OK if my VeraCrypt volumes are not compatible with TrueCrypt, and vice versa. There is a lot of talk about ...
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Hidden TrueCrypt Container containing the Tor Browser Bundle

I'm considering using a hidden TrueCrypt container to keep a Tor browser bundle copy which could save bookmarks. In this case, would the TBB leave traces on the OS it started with? E.g. I use my ...
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TrueCrypt Data Recovery

I deleted a 2GB directory and sub-directories/data files from a TrueCrypt container mounted as a Drive Letter. The directory and sub-directories/data files was larger than the recycle bin so it was ...
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Why is VeraCrypt more secure than TrueCrypt?

TrueCrypt retired with a mysterious "Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" (source) Yesterday Slashdot reported VeraCrypt as a better replacement (source) since it ...
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How to password protect a Truecrypt volume using a Diffie Hellman public key exchange?

I want to send a Truecrypt volume through email. Of course, I need to password protect it, and the recipient needs to know the password too. A Diffie-Hellman public key exchange would seem to be the ...
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How is Truecrypt any safer than just password-protection?

I'm not into security and encryption at all, I'm just a Truecrypt user. So maybe it's a very noob-question, but I can't figure it out. When I make a Truecrypt container, it will encrypt everything ...
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Adding photos to Truecrypted, airgapped laptop from camera safely

I have a Truecrypted, airgapped (no internet connectivity at all) laptop that I use as a completely secure computer for sensitive files. I want to add images from my iPhone (I know), camera or other ...
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What else do I need to secure my data in an encrypted non-system drive?

I have to use an almost seven years old laptop running Windows 7 ultimate and want to encrypt my hard disk to protect my private data (e.g. documents, pictures, Dropbox, etc.). I encrypted a ...
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XTS vs AES-CBC with ESSIV for file-based filesystem encryption

In a blog post I recently read called "You Don't Want XTS," the author explains some of the pitfalls of using XTS to encrypt filesystems. Specifically, he recommends against ever sharing encrypted ...
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Can TrueCrypt encrypt SSDs without performance problems?

I am running windows 7 prof on a SSD (mSATA). My CPU i7-3610QM has AES-NI-support. I want to encrypt my SSD with truecrypt with AES. But I am really unsure if this is a good idea because of (a) the ...
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TrueCrypt Hidden OS Decryption

A couple of months ago, on my pc with Windows 7, i installed truecrypt and created a decoy system and a hidden os. I stored some really important documents and files on my hidden os that now i need ...
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What is the problem with TrueCrypt? [duplicate]

Since a few days, the Sourceforge project page of TrueCrypt is displaying a message saying: WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues And, the authors are ...
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How can I separate two OS's files with encryption without using TrueCrypt?

I want to create a dual-boot such that the content of each OS is separated from the other using encryption. The main point point would be to to test out potentially harmful software on one OS, and ...
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Are there any reasonable TrueCrypt forks?

Unfortunately, TrueCrypt may have been discontinued yesterday. I use LUKS on Linux, but I liked the fact that with TrueCrypt I had a portable solution across Windows, Mac, & Linux. TrueCrypt ...
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Encrypted LVM as an alternative to TrueCrypt

In a weird announcement on the TrueCrypt page it says that the software is unsafe so we should migrate to BitLocker. If it is a prank it's sure not funny especially when it comes to data. Since I ...
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What are the security implications of 'open-source' vs. 'source-available'?

In light of the current fiasco surrounding TrueCrypt, I have received considerable criticism from current clients and peers in the IT industry for my continued support of the open-source model. Such ...
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Are there other ways to encrypt files other then TrueCrypt and BitLocker [closed]

I don't trust BitLocker. Probably backdoored and relies on TPM which can be hacked according to DEFON. It also does not allow for hidden partitions or other advantages like TrueCrypt. With TrueCrypt ...
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Is TrueCrypt not secure now and should I stop using it? [closed]

The official TrueCrypt webpage now states: WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by ...
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What to put in outer volume of encrypted volume? [closed]

TrueCrypt offers the ability to have a hidden volume. What should go in the outer volume that would be revealed to an adversary? It's actually pretty tricky: you'd have to convince the adversary it ...
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Safety of TrueCrypt hidden volumes

According to the documentation a hidden volume stays hidden because it appears as free space. In TrueCrypt free space always has random data in it, however in the case of a hidden volume it's not ...
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Mitigating TrueCrypt Attack Vectors in Memory and System Cache

While browsing PasteBin today, I noticed a new Paste that outlined approaches to compromising TrueCrypt protected data, as well as full Keys, Encryption Schemes, Plain-text Files, and Volume Names ...
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TrueCrypt vs “native” whole-disk encryption on Linux?

When preparing to encrypt an entire partition, is it better to rely on "native" whole-disk encryption (eg following this tutorial), or an external tool like TrueCrypt? The wikipedia article comparing ...
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An attacker got a few 128bit TrueCrypt keys from a RAM analysis. What can he do?

I'm trying to simulate a possible attack scenario for my studies. I've got a image, which has a encrypted disk, encrypted by TrueCrypt (confirmed). TrueCrypt is installed on the image itself too. ...
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What can I do with private 128 bit AES Keys?

For my studies, I am required to do an investigation on a fictional criminal VMWare image. The image is suspected of participating in DDoS attacks and other illegal activities. On this PC TrueCrypt is ...
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Are Truecrypt volumes safe from the government agencies? [closed]

I have some Truecrypt volumes stored on my USB drive and I would like to know if they are safe from being cracked by the FBI or any government agencies? Some people say Full Disk Encryption will ...
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How to use ESSIV to avoid seeing repeated patterns?

I'm trying to implement an encrypted file-system. The file-system consists of 512-byte sectors. I encrypt/decrypt the contents of a sector as follows: Compute the SHA256 sum of the user password. ...
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How secure is EncFS compared to TrueCrypt?

If I choose the paranoia option for EncFS and for TrueCrypt I create containers using the encryption algorithm AES-Twofish-Serpent and the Hash Algorithm Whirlpool. Are both methods equally secure, ...
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When using keyfiles with TrueCrypt how does the file size and/or number of files affect the difficulty of breaking into the container?

I'm looking at setting up an encrypted container with TrueCrypt (surprise) but I'm not sure whether I should use multiple files or if a large file would make any difference. Does the file size or ...
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I need two separate hidden volumes in disk encryption. What are my options? [closed]

C: for system (Windows) D: for my files Makes much more sense to me than packing everything on the same volume, right? Is there a disk encryption utility capable of doing this? I don't know much ...
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Keeping TrueCrypt keyfiles in plain sight

If I create a TrueCrypt volume and secure it with a password and a keyfile, is there any way that someone who has access to my computer would be able to tell that the volume requires a keyfile to ...
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Hiding Keepass databases and Truecrypt containers

If I change the extension of a Keepass database (i.e. change the .kdbx to something like .txt), Keepass is still able to open it. Is this an effective way for hiding the databases from an adversary?! ...
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Is it a good idea to hash a string and use it as a passphrase?

Is it a good idea to hash(SHA-512/whirlpool) some simple memorable string and use it for passphrase(for LUKS/TrueCrypt container), instead of using just a string like t4k#La93Fs(5w5) as a passphrase?
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Read-write mount both hidden + regular TrueCrypt volume at same time?

Can I read-write mount both a regular TrueCrypt volume AND a hidden volume inside the regular volume at the same time? The general idea would be to use the outer volume for non-sensitive stuff and ...
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TrueCrypt on shared cloud folder (Dropbox, Skydrive,…) [closed]

So here's the situation: I have a Skydrive folder that is shared with all of my colleagues at work. For added security we would like to encrypt our Skydrives with TrueCrypt. But what will happen when ...
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Why not simply backup the TrueCrypt container file?

The TrueCrypt website has some detailed information on how to backup (TrueCrypt non-system volumes) securely, summarised below: Create a new TrueCrypt volume Mount the main volume. Copy all ...
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Using multiple keyfiles in truecrypt

I have a truecrypt container who's main password is 20+ characters long. I don't know if the keyfiles are still necessary for further improving the security. But anyway, I have folder of some .jpeg ...
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Is Encrpyting Home Sufficient?

I currently have a fully encrypted Windows System, and I'm looking at switching to Ubuntu. Is encrypting my home directory (with ecryptfs) sufficient? On windows this would be problematic due to ...
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Who tells that TrueCrypt is secure?

Assuming you're not running on a compromised machine and you're following common recommendations (long random passwords, etc.), who specifically (name and affiliation) asserts that TrueCrypt is ...
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Repair Truecrypt NTFS-partition with undetectable filesystem [closed]

Long story short: Got 1 TB HDD. Created one fullsized (non-system-)partition on that. Encrypt via TC. One time, via boot, Win presumably formats that (and maybe writes some bytes on it). I manage to ...
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When TrueCrypt prompts to re-enable automatic mounting, should I be worried?

Assume one day you receive the following error from TrueCrypt: is that a reason to worry that someone may have removed the disk (in my case disk 0) and used it offline and then put it back into the ...
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Full Disk Encryption with GPT disk support

On my old computer I used Truecrypt full disk encryption. My old computer however was running Windows 7 with a standard MBR partition scheme. I recently got a new laptop with the fancy UEFI support. ...
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Does adding an extra, non-entropic keyfile lower security? [duplicate]

Suppose I create two TrueCrypt volumes using keyfiles. The first volume uses a keyfile generated by TrueCrypt, whereas the second one uses the same keyfile in addition to a second, non-entropic ...
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Does adding a non-entropic part to a password makes it less secure?

Suppose I'm encrypting a file via AES using a password of my choice, or creating a TrueCrypt volume using a password and no keyfiles. Which of the following two passwords would be more secure: ...
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AV boot disks and Truecrypt encrypted drives

I was wondering if there were any "how-to" guides on what is needed to modify AV boot disks, such as Sophos, kaspersky, AVG etc in order to load the decryption drivers/bootloader for Truecrypt before ...
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How to encrypt by AES-Twofish-Serpent

I was wondering how to encrypt by doing a AES-Twofish-Serpent encryption. Does this mean I encrypt in AES first then after that in Twofish, and after that in Serpent (three separate encryptions). ...
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Faster methods for decrypting a TrueCrypt disk, esp. knowing the algorithms used

I encrypted (with TrueCrypt) all my hard drives and had the passwords stored in an encrypted file on my USB disk. The passwords are all (except one) 50 character randomly-generated ciphers, there's no ...
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How can I recover the password of a TrueCrypt vlume? [duplicate]

I am trying to recover the password of a trucrypt volume. It is composed by a combination of 4 words (one invented). I remember 3 of them but not their order. Do you know any tools that cold help me ...
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Recognizing PGP-encrypted disks

I am studying various disk encryption schemes (such as PGP, MS Bit Locker, BestCrypt and TrueCrypt) on my Windows OS. I am interested to know how an encrypted partition/disk/file with a particular ...
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Full-disk encryption and theft mitigation?

Is it possible to combine the security of full-disk encryption (e.g. Truecrypt) with the honeypot-like performance of anti-theft tools (e.g. Prey)? In other words, is it feasible to have both strong ...