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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Encrypt your Data for Free with TrueCrypt

I just stumbled on this quick review of TrueCrypt, a free open source data encryption utility that works under Windows XP/2000/2003 and Linux. Just as I was about to close the page and tell myself that I would look at it later, my eyes stopped on the name of the person who wrote the review: Marcus J. Ranum. Mr. Ranum is a world-renowned security expert and also the inventor of the proxy firewall. If this guy says that this product is good, it is, trust me. I tried it and was surprised by its ease of use and available features. But don't take my word or his for granted; have a look at it yourself.

Looking at the TrueCrypt statistics for downloads I see that several thousand people are downloading it every day, and over a million have downloaded it so far. That's pretty impressive!! It's too bad the corporate muckety-mucks who are spending millions of dollars complying with paper exercise security standards like HIPAA can't be bothered to install something like that. And it's a shame that some corporations are going to spend millions of dollars doing damage control because of data loss, when they could have spent, ummmm, nothing, instead.

I rate TrueCrypt as five stars out of five! Get this software. Use it. Sneer at the people who are so lazy that they do not encrypt their laptop drives. Call them stupid. And make sure you do your backups.

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  • For those of you who wonder what are the difference between TruCrypt and EFS, here are a few details

    TrueCrypt is much more flexible than XP's built-in encryption. For example, it allows you to choose from 12 different encryption methods, including AES-Twofish-Serpent, where each block is encrypted by Serpent, then Twofish, then AES (256-bit keys) before being saved.

    In addition, TrueCrypt can use keyfiles, so you could store a couple of mp3's or jpeg's on a USB drive to use as keyfiles and anyone without those files could not mount your TrueCrypt volume.

    Also, in XP, people can still see that you encrypted files and find out their names. If you encrypt a partition with TrueCrypt, it just looks like an empty partition (random noise) until you successfully mount it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:35 PM  

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