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

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Has there ever been a known case of Bitlocker breach through lock screen?

Scenario: A Windows user with Bitlocker-encrypted OS drive uses Win+L shortcut to lock their computer, but leaves it powered on. At this point, their house is raided (by police, or thieves, or FBI, ...
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Is it possible to configure Windows 10 to shut down or re-start after too many failed login attempts? [migrated]

My laptop's C-drive is encrypted with VeraCrypt and a very strong password. But, my Windows password is quite weak. If an attacker gets my laptop while it is running but Windows is locked, or the ...
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How I can encrypt Windows if I use a SSD and HDD?

I need to encrypt my Windows Disks with full disk encryption. Windows is already installed and all drives have data. My Drives/Disks: 1 SSD - C: drive 1 HDD - D: drive and I have a drive where Linux ...
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Using DD to get the hash of a non-system partition encrypted by VeraCrypt

I am trying to use DD for Windows to obtain the hash of a non-system partition that was encrypted via Veracrypt, but have run into a bit of a problem. The command I used to get the hash of the ...
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Stealing Veracrypt or LUKS hash while system running?

If a hacker gains access to an encrypted system (Veracrypt, LUKS or any other software) via the internet while the system is running - can they steal the hash from RAM and later use that hash to ...
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Do PKCS #11 keyfiles on a yubikey actually improve security for Veracrypt?

I am trying to understand the benefits of a PKCS #11 keyfile stored on a smartcard such as a YubiKey with regards to Veracrypt volumes. Am I correct that the file will be taken off of the hardware ...
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Encryption strength veracrypt vs keepass?

can you please explain the strength of veracrypt and keepass compared? Whats theoretically easier to break if both use the exact same password for their respective containers, the vcrypt or keepass ...
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Hashed password vs key, full-disk encryption

In the case of FDE, I understand that the user defined password is ran through a hashing algorithm such as SHA-512 (often with a random SALT and a high iteration count to act as a countermeasure for ...
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What makes drive encryption safe?

Let's build a scene: I'm working on my laptop in the library, and while I'm gone to the toilet for 5 minutes, someone disassembled my laptop and took the hard drive. I encrypted it with VeraCrypt, so ...
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SSD Hardware Encryption versus Software Encryption

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 ...
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Storing TrueCrypt container inside encrypted Veracrypt USB - data corruption

Is there any risk of data corruption if I store TrueCrypt containers inside a fully encrypted USB (USB encrypted using Veracrypt)? Does encryption inside encryption increase chances of data ...
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How can BitLocker be considered safer, if it doesn't asks for a key during boot?

I've been using VeraCrypt / TrueCrypt for years. Now, with a new computer (having Windows 10 Pro) I can consider BitLocker. But, either I am complete ignorant and don't see something awfully obvious ...
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Is it possible to forge key files and mount a veracrypt container?

If I have a Veracrypt container, and I use a key file with a password, if the key file is too simplistic, is it possible to recreate that key file and open the container? Suppose if I use a .jpg of a ...
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Using Bitlocker and hidden volume feature of VeraCrypt together

I'm currently using Bitlocker encrypted external hard drive. The drive is entire-encrypted and single partition. After dividing the drive into partition A and B, I'm planning to make a hidden volume ...
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How does Veracrypt work?

I’m a layman in security and was trying to understand how hashes and encryption algorithms are used in Veracrypt/Truecrypt. Reading the documentation, this is what I understood (please, feel free to ...
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Using VeraCrypt on 2 drives

I have a desktop which has one system drive and one HHD. I used VeraCrypt to encrypt the system drive. Does it mean that VeraCrypt also protected my HHD (my second drive)?
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Isn't it almost always not helpful to just change the password of a container after a leak?

Let's assume, an attacker gains access to an encrypted container with a weak password. They start a brute-force attack and I assume they will succeed. To protect any content which has been added to ...
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Do Veracrypt encrypted volumes have any kind of brute force protection?

I have a 10mb encrypted volume which I made with Veracrypt and was planning to upload it to the internet. I have a pretty strong password but was worried about its protection against brute force ...
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Veracrypt Windows Script [duplicate]

I forgot part of my password to Veracrypt and I need a script for Windows that can go through a .txt file with the possible passwords. The script needs to only decrypt using the encryption algorithm ...
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Is there any downside to having a VeraCrypt file container that is almost as big as the drive it's on?

I am setting up an external hard drive to backup several computers to, and I want to keep its contents private by using VeraCrypt. I don't want to encrypt the entire drive because then when it's ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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, the containers themselves ...
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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 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. ...