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Questions tagged [veracrypt]

VeraCrypt is a disk encryption add-on for Windows, Linux and other operating systems. It is a successor of TrueCrypt.

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Can encrypted data be safely dispose off by quick formatting?

I have a Windows laptop machine with a traditional hard disk drive and I used it for a year and then I turn on the full disk encryption (Including system and non system partitions) using veracrypt fde....
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Veracrypt whole disk encrypt missing [migrated]

I just bought a new PC and I tried to encrypt it with Veracryptlike before with my older PC. But here I got the problem. I have only partition C with Windows 10 pro like before and right now I cannot ...
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Bruteforce Veracrypt

I forgot my Veracrypt password, I have around 1000-2000 possible password combination and I need a software to bruteforce the password on Windows. What software would that be?
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What program can Decrypt specific a Folder/Files during Windows Boot/Loading? (Windows)

I've been looking into Encryption of my data for some time now; I've decided to move ahead with VeraCrypt for encryption all of my partitions (I have 2 disks in 1 laptop) except for the OS (C:) ...
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Encryption and Hash algorithms explanation

I am using Veracrypt and there are encryption and hash algorithms Can anyone explain simply what do each algorithm does? Encryption algorithms encrypt your data/file, Hash algorithm hashes your ...
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Why is Veracrypt showing 2 created partitions?

I wiped my 1TB Samsung 850 Evo SSD and I just used veracrypt to perform full disk encryption with it. I have another HDD drive as well that I've done this with. The HDD is sdb, and the EVO is sdc. ...
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Is a Password secure if I change one letter?

If I use a long password (64 characters), which is written on paper and its encrypted content never sees the internet (veracrypt volume), would a secondary volume with the same password, but one ...
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Veracrypt system encryption on SSD, do I have to trim the disk right after finishing? How?

I want to encrypt my OS that is on an SSD (Windows 7, x64, mbr partition style). From what I know Veracrypt will encrypt the whole disk, not only the actual data. Not only! it will "fill" the empty ...
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How and what information does TRIM reveal when using encrypted Veracrypt volumes?

According to Veracrypt's documentation,TRIM operations can reveal unencrypted zeroes or other undefined data (unencrypted). Additionally it notes that; In those cases, the adversary will be able to ...
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Does Windows log program launches?

I wrote a Python script to automate mounting my Veracrypt-encrypted file. The password is provided via standard input (without echoing). os.system('veracrypt /hash whirlpool /l K /p "' + password + ...
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What are the benefits of a full format versus a quick format when encrypting an external hard drive?

According to a post on the Veracrypt forum, it is recommended that new hard drives are fully formatted. It does not appear to make a distinction between internal and/or external hard drives or USB ...
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Encryption for cloud storage

Background / Requirements using a Windows machine hard drives are already (veracrypt) encrypted volumes not relying on any cloud service provider to trust them with their encryption file by file ...
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Does an unencrypted disk pose a risk to other encrypted disk's data?

I have three disks, only two are encrypted: A: OS, encrypted B: Main storage HDD, encrypted C: Gaming only SSD, not encrypted. Should I be worried that C: could cache/store sensitive data from A/B ...
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Brute forcing the Veracrypt header with THC Hydra

I was advised to brute force the Veracrypt header with THC Hydra/Cygwin, but I don't know how to do that. Any help would be appreciated.
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Partially forgotten encryption password for Windows users [duplicate]

I encrypted important files with Veracrypt and I remember most of the password but some parts are forgotten. I need some advice as to what would be the most efficient way of getting the encryption ...
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Are multiple encrypted containers with the same passphase containing the same files a cryptographic risk?

Situation as follows: Let's assume two (or more) containers, encrypted using the same passphrase. They will contain the same files. So their content is identical. However, (from "outside") the ...
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Does using two layers of encryption reduce security (Veracrypt/Truecrypt)?

If I decided to do a full disk encryption, or simply encrypt the partition of a disk, then put a encrypted file container which contains sensitive files inside it for a little extra peace of mind, how ...
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Security risks when using an encrypted container to share messages

If I use VeraCrypt and create a container with a strong 64 character password and key files stored on a USB that's locked away, using the container, can I securely send e-mail? I'm aware I could use ...
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Partially forgotten encryption password

I encrypted important files with Veracrypt and I remember most of the password but some parts are forgotten. I need some advice as to what would be the most efficient way of getting the encryption ...
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Help me understand Encryptpad and 7-zip for encryption

I was looking to encrypt some text files (containing sensitive data) so I could safely keep them online (e.g. Google drive). I have found three options: 7-zip, which does AES-256 Encryptpad, which ...
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Is it safe to upload a read-only encrypted volume to a cloud folder?

I know keeping an active encrypted volume (like a VeraCrypt drive or a simple zip folder encrypted with AES256) on Dropbox/OneDrive/Gdrive/etc. is risky; data can be corrupted and the pattern of ...
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What are the considerations when migrating from Bitlocker to Veracrypt?

We are currently evaluating migrating from BitLocker to VeraCrypt. Based on the most recent update to VeraCrypt, there appears to be support for UEFI/GPT. Additionally, it seems that decryption isn't ...
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Changing VeraCrypt password during encryption

I understand that password in VeraCrypt is used to protect master key, not the data directly. So is it possible and completely safe to change password during first whole drive encryption? I want to ...
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Should I change to VeraCrypt on win7 SSD from TrueCrypt 7.1a? [duplicate]

Is still safe for me to use TrueCrypt or should I change to VeraCrypt as the last update boot won`t take long anymore. Any backdoors to decrypt TrueCrypt?
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How can I make a strong password that's easy to remember? Is the 4 Word method safe? [duplicate]

I have heard of the method of using 4 random dictionary words, it gives you lots of characters and is easy to remember. But that seems to be open to dictionary attacks, especially if the attacker has ...
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VeraCrypt mounted container safety

If I mount encrypted container, it stays in encrypted state until file is opened. At this moment, file is fetched in memory and decrypted - VeraCrypt - Beginner's Guide. Can malicious program open a ...
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Plausible deniability with VeraCrypt standard volumes: what information do they give away?

I know VeraCrypt hidden volumes can be used for plausible deniability, but what about standard volumes? Indeed, properly encrypted data should be indistinguishable from random data. This way, if a ...
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Veracrypt: Possible to add encryption-algorithms and/or hash-algorithms? [closed]

Is it possible to add encryption algorithms or hashing algorithms to Veracrypt? Like, for example: A Veracrypt-container encrypted with e.g threefish? Or a similar question: to change the order of ...
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How can we estimate the time and computing resources needed to break or crack an encryption algorithm and/or password?

I am not too familiar with the technical jargon, so bear with me while I explain the issue in simple and naive words. I have looked into many places but still haven't found a solution to this specific ...
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Securely changing Veracrypt password

How can I change a Veracrypt (master) password efficiently and securely? Based on the answers here, it is not safe to use system --> change password due to various reasons. I cannot simply image ...
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Using weak Veracrypt password safe?

Is it safe to create a Veracrypt partition (on a USB) such that it takes up the whole device (ie. not a "file", but using the USB as the storage container) it contains only a standard volume (no ...
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Is it viable to encrypt a 'bitlocked' drive again? [duplicate]

If one had an encrypted drive using Bitlocker, is it worth it to encrypt that drive again using another tool like VeraCrypt? Does this provide an extra layer of protection? Not a duplicate of a ...
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Veracrypt - Alternative Integration to Command Line?

I am creating a tool that has Veracrypt mounting a series of containers. Unfortunately, it seems that the only way to pass any keyfiles, PIM, or passwords is via plain text over the command line. ...
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VeraCrypt PIM feature - Is it really necessary?

I am looking to encrypt my OS hard drive, and VeraCrypt caught my eye as a real good option. I tried to encrypt my drive with it, and the resulting encrypted system, takes around a minute to decrypt. ...
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Move User & Temp folder from unsecured system partition to encrypted partition? (Veracrypt)

I have an Laptop with an SSD. It's split into two partitions. One (C:) for the operating system, and the other encrypted with veracrypt (H:) for files and a lot of applications I use. I am thinking ...
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Veracrypt - Encrypted USB Partition - Does it Pass the Key Over USB?

Looking in to Veracrypt to use it in some spaces, but more for encrypting an entire USB partition. I was curious as to how the key would be passed though. I don't want someone to be able to intercept ...
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Brute Force Decrypt VeraCrypt - No Rescue Disk - Password Fails

My PC has failed in some way, as the PC was off when I checked it. I checked the CPU temperature etc., and runs at 54deg C in the BIOS, and does not fail when left on. So, I am not sure if it is a ...
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Encryption and Hash in Veracrypt

I have already read some topics about Veracrypt's cryptography algorithms. It said that if we want to focus on security we need to chose a 3 layer encryption like AES(Twofish(Serpent)) or Serpent(...
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Differences between using an encrypted container and encrypting a partition

I would like to store encrypted backups on an external hard disk and am wondering what the differences are between creating an encrypted (Veracrypt) container and creating an encrypted partition. Are ...
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Is it secure to mount Veracrypt without sudo password in this way

Does this way have any security issues other than what's mentioned in that post? For reference: Create a new group called say veracryptusers and give it the necessary permissions to use VeraCrypt ...
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Hash variation - .vc and string format?

Why is a veracrypt hash contained in a '.vc' and not in what appears to be a standard mixed number and letter string format?
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Determining which encryption algorithm was used to encrypt a particular drive?

Is there a way to determine which encryption algorithm (AES, Serpent, etc) was used on a particular VeraCrypt drive?
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Are many rounds of SHA needed for a random veracrypt key

Assume that I've used white noise from the classic "zener breakdown" circuit to produce 512 bits of random data. If I use these as the key to a Veracrypt volume, is there any benefit to running 200,...
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Why is RIPEMD160 not avaible in VeraCrypt anymore? [closed]

Any weekness found? Because I updated my VC to the new version 1.21 and it is not. Any details about it?
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Veracrypt Sufficient Enough for Firefox Profile

I was doing some reading about Firefox and using the password manager with a master password(1,2,3). Suppose I want to protect my entire Firefox profile, is using Veracrypt to create a container ...
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Will Veracrypt work on a LUKS encrypted system?

I have LUKS disk encryption on my linux installation. I would like to encrypt files on a usb by using Veracrypt. Will having Veracrypt installed on top of my LUKS installation have any bad effects? ...
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Veracrypt: Which encryption algorithm + hash algorithm to use?

Which between the two encryption algorithms AES(Twofish(Serpent)) and Serpent(Twofish(AES)) is most secure and which hash algorithm to use between SHA-512, Whirlpool, SHA-256 , and Streebog? And what ...
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What's a secure way to prompt for a password and erase the cached password afterwards in Linux?

So I have multiple hard drives encrypted with the same password and instead of having to enter it multiple times I'd like to have it set up so that after booting I automatically get a password-box ...
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How to format Veracrypt external storage when you don't have the password?

I've created this Veracrypt USB storage once and never used it. I've forgotten the password but I still want to use this storage. What should I do? When I plug I can't mount it because I don't have ...
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Keyboard entry obfuscation to defy keyloggers?

Do you know of any existing mechanisms for keyboard-entry-obfuscation to defy keyloggers? And if that exists does software such as (and in particular) VeraCrypt feature these? If such mechanisms don'...