TrueCrypt can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mount it as a real disk, or an entire hard disk partition or a device, such as USB memory stick, floppy disk, etc. This software provides two levels of security: a hidden volume (more information may be found here), and a volume cannot be identified (no part of the volume can be distinguished from random data). It utilizes the following encryption algorithms: AES (256-bit key), Blowfish (448-bit key), CAST5 (128-bit key), Serpent (256-bit key), Triple DES, and Twofish (256-bit key), and also supports cascading (e.g., AES-Serpent-Twofish). It is based on Encryption for the Masses (E4M) 2.02a, conceived in 1997.
Reviewing 7.1a (Apr 27, 2012)
Very good software!
This is a must have program for people who need file encryption. Easy to use and very powerful.
However, to my own great surprise, this is NOT open source software. Despite sincere and continuous effort from the open source community to help TrueCrypt's developers change their license agreement terms to comply with a free software license, the TrueCrypt license agreement is still NOT compatible with any free software license, and the program is for that reason part of Fedora's Forbidden Software list.
However, this is a legal definition issue, and does not /necessarily/ affect the end-user to a degree as negative as suggested.
The license agreement can be found here:
More info and argumentation can be found here:
Reviewing 7.1a (Feb 8, 2012)
This software is good. As a matter of fact, it was in the news a couple of months back where the group Anonymous downloaded private email from a law official where they were discussing ways that they might be able to defeat TrueCrypt. This tells how good it is. It works on both my Windows and Linux machines. Sorry but Apple is spyware in a restrictive box that I vow with an oath not to purchase due to whom they support and persecute in the copyright wars but I imagine that it works well in that environment too.
Reviewing 7.1 (Nov 17, 2011)
I can just second what most folks say... great piece of software! Never lost any data, very stable, never crashes.
Reviewing 7.1 (Sep 4, 2011)
A must-have if you value your privacy. I wouldn't own a laptop that didn't have TrueCrypt installed on it. An excellent example of great open source software.
Reviewing 7.1 (Sep 3, 2011)
I couldn't give this open source app enough stars. Awsome!
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