I was looking to purchase a new SSD and want to use it to store sensitive data, that I would not want people to steal or access.
Have been trying to research it and only read bad things about hardware encryption.
And I don't necessarily trust hardware companies to not have backdoors / vulnerabilities within the software/firmware its using.
So I am beginning to think maybe I should just buy a regular external SSD, without hardware encryption and encrypt it with software?
Have been looking at a few methods and seems most people say that VeraCrypt with AES 256 for the encryption algorithm and SHA-512 for the hash algorithm is the best option.
I plan to use this external SSD for my main operating system as well storing sensitive data. I read that using VeraCrypt will cause lower speeds. I am using USB3.0 so the speeds are already effected by that from what I've read. And then adding encryption software like VeraCrypt on to it will cause it to be slower.
I do not mind giving up the speed for extra security. Although I would love to hear what others suggest. If it causes it to be slower, but has the best security, I would prefer that. I guess I just am not sure which to get or how I should be encrypting the data.
If anyone could give some suggestions along with reasons, why I would greatly appreciate it.