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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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How to verify the integrity of all binaries of packages installed manually via installers and dpkg on Debian/Linux?

How could one verify the integrity of all binaries of packages installed manually via installers and dpkg on Debian/Linux? So far the only thing I could think of is this: verify that which veracrypt ...
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How vulnerable is my Veracrypt-protected data to key logging attack via Windows?

Objective I've come into possession of some data that I'd like to protect. If an attacker destroys or corrupts my data, I can tolerate that; Plenty of backups exist. But I can't tolerate an outsider ...
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Isolating encrypted and unecnrypted Windows installations and protecting the boot loader

I want to use my PC both for gaming and for stuff like keeping cryptocurrency wallets, online banking, etc. I need to install games as admin but of course I don't want them to be able to access my ...
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I need help properly encrypting my computer SSD

My main laptop recently broke down and i've been forced to use an older laptop I had in storage. This machine was encrypted years ago with veracrypt and only has an SSD. It's around 250 GB of storage. ...
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Do I retain plausible deniability if using "quick format" in veracrypt on new SSD?

I bought a new 2 TB SSD (NVMe). I want to turn it entirely into a veracrypt volume, nearly all of the drive being for a hidden volume. First, I told it to do a "quick format", which was done ...
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What are the security threats of VeraCrypt on Windows?

I'm having some kind of (IMHO) useless discussion on VeraCrypt being a "trojan" on Windows: We have a product named "Checkpoint Harmony Endpoint Security" that is intended to ...
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Open Veracrypt container (password+keyfile) without password? [duplicate]

I lost my password for encrypted disk. Is there a way to do something without dumb cracking? Maybe recovery mode? Because I just lost 50% of my auth data...?
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Full disk encryption: Legacy boot mode (MBR) vs. EFI boot mode

FDE tools like VeraCrypt will encrypt the whole system drive when the machine uses legacy boot mode (MBR). But they will only encrypt the system partition if the machine uses EFI boot mode (the EFI ...
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Can someone access my veracrypt quick formatted container's files more easily than if I'd performed a full format?

I'd like to perform a quick format on my external HDD through veracrypt but I'm not sure if a quick format will allow an outsider to download my data from the HDD with ease compared to a full format. ...
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How is one supposed to choose between encryption algorithms/settings in VeraCrypt? [duplicate]

Every single time I install an new storage device, I'm faced with the same impossible task: how to determine what is the most secure encryption algorithm/settings? Over the years, I have basically ...
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I've read veracrypt documentation, but dont understand these 3 points

I've read veracrypt documentation, but don't understand these 3 points. • A VeraCrypt volume resides on a device/filesystem that saves data (or on a device/filesystem that is controlled or monitored ...
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Veracrypt and Bitlocker VS Bad Sector

Want to know what happen to: Bitlocker partition Veracrypt partition Veracrypt container If there's bad sector appear in the encryption area. Can I still mount/open the encryption to save non-...
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VeraCrypt New Processor TPM Message Issue

I upgraded my processor and now I get this message when starting my computer: We detected a new processor which will change the data/structure of the storage space for firmware TPM. If you did not ...
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Please explain more tech details how VeraCrypt mounting works

I've read the docs but could not find an answer to my specific question (or didn't understand which one was the answer). My question context: after I mount the encrypted partition USB drive) on Win10 ...
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A way to know a VeraCrypt volume/header is intact?

Is there a way to know a VeraCrypt volume/header is intact? is there a way to know what hash algorithm was used? I have a VeraCrypt volume that I can't log into. I think the password should have ...
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Compromising the UEFI recovery partition

I have a Windows 10 OS, drives are encrypted with the latest version. UEFI is not encrypted, and I have recently installed a BIOS update. I wonder about the possibility of a hacker (if secure boot is ...
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How to crack a forgotten VeraCrypt password

Bad news, I lost my VeraCrypt password. (Yes, it was extremely stupid.) Good news I used a self-created formula to build the password. I do this because it makes the password long and complex, but ...
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VeraCrypt: Is it possible to change the master key?

The password in VeraCrypt is used to en-/decrypt a header, that contains a master key, that is used to en-/decrypt the data. I know, that I can change the password, which will not change the master ...
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Veracrypt SSD encryption security analysis vs HDD

I have a SSD and wanted to use VeraCrypt for plausible deniability and protection against any & all level attacks e.g. state sponsored, non sponsored. My goal was to use a VM and place it in the ...
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Remove all traces of files used in Veracrypt container... is this enough?

Suppose that I have a Veracrypt container on Windows 10. I unlock it, open and edit a Text document, open an image, watch a video. Then I close all files, unmount the container. Then I run CCleaner to ...
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Is LUKS still an effective option for consumer FDE considering Elcomsoft can break it?

I use Fedora Linux and was recently looking into doing Full Disk Encryption on data drives such as /home on some of my / my family's PCs. I understand that LUKS security will be partially dependent on ...
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MacBook Pro is Powered On but Locked. Is my VeraCrypt data Readable if Laptop Stolen?

Secenario Consider the case of a MacBook Pro with FileVault active. The computer is on and I'm properly logged on. I frequently need to access sensitive data located in text files on an encrypted ...
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Veracrypt container dismounted... chances the master key still in RAM or that it can be decrypted by someone after some hours?

Suppose a Veracrypt container was mounted and dismounted later. Then CCleaner was run, Youtube was used to watch videos, websites are browsed, and so on for 3 hours. Then computer went to sleep (...
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Veracrypt issue - have I been hacked?

I had two copies of a Veracrypt encrypted drive, and from them, I made two additional copies of the drive, which was a few days ago. the two copies had the exact same SHA hashes of the original two ...
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Can I use VeraCrypt with an SSD?

I recently got Windows 10, and I am not overly thrilled at Microsoft having a copy of my password on their servers. I will also be forced to make a hotmail account, instead of just using a local ...
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USN Journal leaks information on exFAT-hosted files (in VeraCrypt containers)

I'm using a secondary drive to store encrypted files, in VeraCrypt file containers. Unfortunately, even if the external drive is formatted as exFAT, Windows leaks information on files inside mounted ...
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How to have full drive encyption that is unlocked while a USB device is plugged in?

I'd like a solution that autounlocks Bitlocker, VeraCrypt or similar FDE on Windows 10 while I have a device plugged in. When it's not plugged in (or I lose/destroy the device) it should just ask for ...
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What is the benefit of having FIPS hardware-level encryption on a drive when you can use Veracrypt instead?

The expensive one: https://www.dustinhome.se/product/5010873750/ironkey-basic-s1000 The cheap one: https://www.dustinhome.se/product/5010887912/datatraveler-100-g3 Over 14,000 SEK difference in price. ...
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Why we are still required to move the mouse when generating the keys in VeraCrypt?

During the setup of a new encrypted volume, the VeraCrypt requires a random mouse movement within the window. If someone looking from the outside can see that a monkey sitting in front of a computer ...
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Defending against key recovery from RAM attack

After reading an article from a forensics software company. I'm worried about attacks that may be able to recovery the OTFE(on-the-fly encryption) key of VeraCrypt from RAM. Thereat model: On Windows,...
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Is storing passwords in encrypted container still bad practice? [duplicate]

Suppose I need to store a bunch of passwords: storing them in a txt or odt file inside an encrypted container, such as the ones produced by VeraCrypt, is bad practice? Would I put myself at risk? If ...
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Can VeraCrypt encrypted volume be tampered with?

Reading on the security of Borg backups and both encryption and authentication is used (Encrypt-then-MAC). My understanding is authentication is used to prevent tampering which is especially important ...
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How is the Veracrypt decryption speed faster than simply duplicating the same data?

I'm thinking of installing Veracrypt and I read that it takes Veracrypt about 5 minutes to decrypt a 500 gig SSD. How is this possible? It takes me much longer to duplicate the same 500 gigs on my ...
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Which would be the best "keyfile" for KeepassXC and/or Veracrypt?

I am a Mac user. I opened a keyfile generated by Veracrypt and one generated by KeepassXC. The texts in both of them were quite short. Which keyfile is best (i.e., most random and harder to break ...
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Preventing access to encrypted files at all

Suppose I create an encrypted container using VeraCrypt and want to upload it to Google Drive/One Drive for storage. The container is encrypted with AES-256. I know that no one can extract any meaning ...
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Is it cryptographically safe to use veracrypt in a virtualbox virtual machine?

Does virtualbox provide enough entropy (random numbers) for the veracrypt program on the virtual machine? Is it cryptographically safe to use veracrypt inside a virtualbox in a windows 10 guest?
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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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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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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 corruption ...
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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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