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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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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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Is it a bad idea to use the same password for nested encrypted containers? [duplicate]

A friend of mine recommended to me (a couple of years ago) to use multiple nested encrypted (true/veracrypt) containers for maximum security. I understand that concept. That same friend told me if ...
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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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Can I use a docking station and turn my internal HD into an external HD and create and mount encrypted partitions safely?

If I use a docking station like this one: (Where I connect an Internal HD to it and turn it into an external HD and connect it to my computer with a USB cable). https://flash.newegg.com/product/...
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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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Full-disk encryption solution for Samsung SSD 850 Pro [duplicate]

All, I've just joined this community and I'm writing here in order to have some clarification about the possibilities to perform a full disk encryption over a desktop machine with Windows 7 ...
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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'...
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VeraCrypt + WinRAR

My situation: I create containter in VeraCrypt encrypted by AES-Twofish-Serpent with Whirpool. I put my data in here and then I split the container using WinRAR into smaller pieces without compression ...
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HashCat on VeraCrypt non-system drive

With VeraCrypt, one can fully encrypt a non-system drive. I'm wondering if there's a way to run hashcat against such a drive. (Bonus points for a Windows solution.)
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Is using a weak password for the non-hidden volume acceptable?

Considering that I can only safely choose the filesystem for the hidden partition of a VeraCrypt container, and that I would like to use a particular filesystem, is it acceptable to use a weak ...
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What exactly is an evil maid attack?

Today I received the message below, after booting my PC: What exactly is an "Evil Maid"-attack? What are possible ways to get attacked by this? What does it mean in this case, that my disk "may have ...
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Best practice for using Veracrypt on Dropbox

I have a Dropbox account subscription so I have a lot of space to use and I basically put everything there. There are somethings (personal health / finance) that I want to keep protected myself so I ...
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How much more secure is encryption if the program requires random input from the user?

I know there are existing questions about how Truecrypt uses mouse input to increase entropy. My question is, how much of a difference does it make? I don't know of any other encryption utilities that ...
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Securely deleting files from inside a Veracrypt volume

My question relates to this old thread on the Veracrypt forum (I didn't get any response when I posted there, so here I am): https://sourceforge.net/p/veracrypt/discussion/general/thread/bf48efbd/ I ...
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Encrypting guest VM on ESXI with Veracrypt

Hi we're using an ESXI box to host some VM's locally on our network. We're devs and we just want things like UAT servers. We've encrypted with Veracrypt: Bitlocker was out as ESXI can't see the TPM. ...
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Full disk encryption for UEFI non-OS GPT drives? (VeraCrypt)

Is there a way to fully encrypt UEFI GPT non-system drives? I'd like to use the open source successor of TrueCrypt VeraCrypt. Also I'm interested in whether it also works for two drives that were ...
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Leaving an encrypted Windows 10 machine on in the office. What are the issues?

We're encrypting some of the machines in the office with Veracrypt. We're just starting out so cost is an issue but we don't want to cut corners. We'd like one of the devs to be able to log in from ...