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

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TrueCrypt and Keyfiles hidden among 500,000 other .pdf files

A question from a newby: I have a USB or Standalone HardDrive with a TRUECRYPT hidden partition on it that needs one or more "keyfiles" and a password to access. What tells the attacker what kind ...
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Truecrypt - One keyfile multiple passwords

Is it possible to create one keyfile that opens a Truecrypt volume and this keyfile is protected (aes encryption fe) with a password? The use case is a True crypt volume accessed by multiple ...
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Truly deniable encryption

What tools can be used to make truly deniable encryption? Suppose, authorities can use any force to make you open your passwords. Truecrypt can have only one hidden container, which means that ...
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Is it safe to reinstall Windows without first decrypting the whole drive?

I am using TrueCrypt's 'Full Disk Encryption' and according to TrueCrypt's FAQ I should 'Permanently Decrypt System Partition/Drive' before reinstalling Windows. This does not make any sense to me. ...
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For how much time should I randomly move the mouse for generating encryption keys?

When creating a Truecrypt volume, there is the wizard page in which the user is told to randomly move the mouse (the longer the better) to generate entropy, and that it will significantly increase the ...
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Can files deleted from a true crypt volume be recovered?

I have a True Crypt volume that's set as a file. When I mount the volume and delete a file within the container, windows asks if I'd like to send the file to the recycle bin. While the volume is ...
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Truecrypt compromised? (Coldboot attack)

In light of recent developments in computer forensics and "password recovery" utilities, can encryption technologies such as TrueCrypt still be relied on for a high degree of protection? It would ...
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Brute Forcing Password to a Truecrypt-encrypted file with Partial Knowledge

A while back, I encrypted a few files with Truecrypt, and stored the password in my head. Now I need to access it again, the password isn't working. I'm sure most of it is right, but I'm off by one or ...
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How to secure a truecrypt container allowing access with multiple SSH public keys?

I would like to create a TrueCrypt container which can be accessed by multiple people. The container itself can be stored anywhere, e.g. in a shared folder in Dropbox or Google Drive, ... I would ...
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Does adding dictionary words to passwords weaken them?

This might sound like a stupid question, but hear me out. If I'm encrypting my financial information and sensitive data via a program like TrueCrypt, the strength of the password is going to matter a ...
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Is using the same password for multiple TrueCrypted volumes safe?

I want to use TrueCrypt for encrypting multiple disk volumes. Assume I use the default cryptographic algoritm (AES) and hash algorithm (RIPEMD-160) and that nobody can get my passwords through ...
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Erasing Truecrypt keyfile(s) after volume has been mounted

To improve security to some extent, I use keyfile generation technique (to change an existing file into an actual keyfile). The actual keyfile is stored on volatile file system that doesn't survive ...
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Is 7-Zip's AES encryption just as secure as TrueCrypt's version?

The main difference being TrueCrypt creates containers and 7-Zip encrypts the file itself, so file sizes can be guessed. Now let's just talk about the strength and breakability of the encryption. ...
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Backup TrueCrypt hidden volume [closed]

I have a usb stick witch is encrypted using truecrypt. How can I back it up? The only method that comes into my mind is making a image of the usb drive and then restore it. But 16 GB I think it will ...
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How easily could be truecrypt and EFS cracked in this scenario

I suspect some info was subtracted in the past months from my laptop. Therefore Im looking for methods to encrypt my data. I want to try using truecrypt for the sensitive files folder plus EFS for ...
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Securing my USB flash drive with Truecrypt and FreeOTFE

I want to know if I encrypt my flash with Truecrypt "Encrypt a non-system partition/drive" option and then mount it and then make a container with FreeOTFE on the Truecrypt encrypted drive and then ...
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Portable KeePass and TrueCrypt

I ran some advice on the nets: Don't reuse your passwords. Make sure all the passwords you use are different. Use a password manager. An example is "Keepass". Set the master password to something ...
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Another method to erase hard drives securely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use truecrypt to make data unrecoverable The other day I was thinking, and I looked up this question because I was pretty sure a question similar to this had been asked. ...
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Use truecrypt to make data unrecoverable

If I format all my drivers c,d,e,f and then make a truecrypt volumes equal to drive size then delete it 'the voulme' will that make the old data unrecoverable ex. d:= 30g i use truecrypt to make 30g ...
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TrueCrypt, Master password possible?

I recently was talking with somebody, and they said something along the lines of TrueCrypt having a "master key" password that certain authorities have. Now, from what I know about how TrueCrypt ...
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Is truecrypt a good choice to work with file that are generated and manipulated via browser

i'd like to know if Truecrypt is a reliable software for filesystem encryption, at the level of pgp as security level, and if it suitable to work with files that are generate via web browser, so ...
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Plausible deniability with TrueCrypt

If I have a TrueCrypt container with a capacity of 2 GB which I use to fill 1 GB with real, hidden data, and leave the other GB for decoy data, then if I need to reveal a password and give out the ...
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Best practices for TrueCrypt + Yubikey combination

I'm trying to find a secure and convenient way to encrypt my external disk with TrueCrypt. Currently I use a 50 character strong password but I'm tired of typing it every single time. I have a Yubikey ...
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Is TrueCrypt safe enough to store clear-text-passwords?

The reason: I want to be able to use a portable USB drive to access my passwords on any machine and OS. TrueCrypt seems to be the only program that has sufficient support on all major platforms. So I ...
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Truecrypt Plausible Deniability - Linux

As I understand it plausible deniability gives the user the option of having two passwords, one you provide the authorities/extortionist with and another that you might use for your self and files you ...
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using truecrypt keyfiles with weak passwords

I'm using Truecrypt and I have multiple volumes on multiple computers. Keeping each of the 20+ character passwords straight is getting complicated, so I want to use keyfiles. Since the password is ...
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How can TrueCrypt encrypt a System Drive on a live OS?

When setting up whole disk encryption with TrueCrypt, one re-boot is required to test the operation of the TrueCrypt Boot Loader. After this reboot is when actual encryption of the system takes ...
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Repairing corrupt TrueCrypt volumes/disks?

(I'm asking this for a friend of mine as I'm trying to help him with this problem over remote desktop, so if any details are needed, just ask and I will get them). Two entire hard disks were encrypted ...
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Safest and most secure way for backing up private data

Here is what happened, I first collected my data into one folder,tar'd it, encrypted it with gpg, put it in truecrypt container, and after that started to copy the container to another place, but ...
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Can the TrueCrypt hash be slowed down?

I have read that TrueCrypt uses ~2k SHA-1 hashes on the password. The iteration count is part of the TrueCrypt specification and is 2000 for SHA1, 2000 for RIPEMD-160 and 1000 for Whirlpool ...
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Secure sync of TrueCrypt containers

Need to sync arbitrary files within two TrueCrypt containers; one container is a backup, the other the one actively used by me, both are local during the transaction. Current concern security wise is ...
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Full disk encryption and multi-factor authentication

All serious full disk encryption schemes I have looked into use a static password for authentication. For example, TrueCrypt supports two-factor authentication with keyfiles, but not for system ...
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Truecrypt with a short password and one keyfile [closed]

If I use short password like ' myvolume ' and use a key file with it says WARNING: Short passwords are easy to crack using brute force techniques! We recommend choosing a password consisting of ...
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Nested Truecrypt containers

Which is more secure: use one container encrypted with AES > Twofish > Serpent = 768bits key size make an AES container, and inside it make another Twofish container then inside it make a third ...
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In TrueCrypt Hidden / Normal overriding?

If I have a normal TrueCrypt volume, and I want to create a Hidden volume inside of it, how do I stop the 2 from overriding each other? Or do I just have to manually make sure the inner volume does ...
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Erasing a hard-disk, encrypting it as alternative?

I was pondering about this, sometimes people ask me to erase data on their drive. So I use a shredding program, which takes a long time. However what if instead of shredding all the files, I'd just ...
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TrueCrypt -vs- MacOS encrypted sparse image - equally secure? Other alternatives?

I'm currently trying to find my personal best solution for storing passwords and other sensible data. Recently I've used 1Password on iPhone and Mac but I'm not really satisfied with its predefined ...
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TrueCrypt dataleaks that might betray the “Deniable File System” option

Reading into "Operation Satyagraha", one would have to believe give all the resources used that the investigators had some reason to believe there was data to decrypt, even though in theory and in ...
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Should I mount my mac Truecrypt Volume elsewhere?

I've read in various places to not mount your truecrypt volume in the same place as your Dropbox or Sugarsync folder. I believe this only matter for Mac/Linux, but I need some verification. On a Mac, ...
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Do TrueCrypt volumes look like random data?

Let say I use Eraser (or other tools) to erase my hard drive (using DoD standards which is 7 times or Gutmann which is 35 times), These eraser tools just write random data on the hard drive many ...