TrueCrypt - Disk Encryption Software - OPINIONS?


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Tecknomage

I just became aware of "TrueCrypt" - Disk Encryption Software....
http://www.truecrypt.org/

Anyone tried this? Opinions?



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Gene E. Bloch

I just became aware of "TrueCrypt" - Disk Encryption Software....
http://www.truecrypt.org/
Anyone tried this? Opinions?
I use it and like it, although lately I don't make much use of it. The
price is right :)

I carry a tiny thumb drive in my pocket, where I back up some of my
files. Things like credit card numbers and personal documents go into a
TrueCrypt drive on that drive, although I make similar use of KeePass
for short items like credit card numbers in addition to passwords.
 
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VanguardLH

Tecknomage said:
I just became aware of "TrueCrypt" - Disk Encryption Software....
http://www.truecrypt.org/

Anyone tried this? Opinions?
TrueCrypt is powerful and has lots of options. That's what I use. You
can create container files (encrypted) that you load like a drive or
encrypt an entire volume (drive) on your host. I've never gotten into
encrypting an entire volume but just used the encrypted containers
(which are files that get loaded like a drive after you enter the
password).

You can even protect yourself if forced at gun point to reveal your
password. You can have 2 passwords on a TrueCrypt container file: one
for the outer layer of the container containing bogus or non-sensitive
files and another for the inner layer where is your sensitive data. If
forced to reveal the password, you give the outer one and they see some
files put there as bait to pacify them that you let them in: you let
them in the front door but your treasure trove is behind a hidden door.
They won't get at the inner layer to see what you were really hiding.
Obviously don't use the same password for the Truecrypt container that
you use to log into Windows.

Sometimes all the choices are daunting to users, especially if they
don't want all those options. So some users like BestCrypt because it's
simpler to figure out. TrueCrypt is free. BestCrypt is payware except
for their Traveller version which is the simple one that some users
prefer for simplicity.

TrueCrypt can be used as a portable app so it doesn't install on your
host (www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=truecrypt-portable) and BestCrypt is a
portable app already. I use TrueCrypt as a normally installed app only
because I don't need to use it on other hosts or I can install it on the
other hosts so all I have to transfer or tote is the container file.

I haven't bothered to compare TrueCrypt against the payware versions of
BestCrypt to see which is better. That's because TrueCrypt is robust
and powerful and already FREE. The only reason that someone would
prefer the freeware BestCrypt Traveller version over TrueCrypt is they
want something simpler which also means less powerful.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

You can log on as administrator on safe mode. Press F8 when you start
the computer and choose Safe Mode to get in. If you can not log in safe
mode, try the tool bellow, it is the best method without lose anything.
In consideration of remaining all programs and data of the computer, I
recommend you to use a password tool: Windows Password Recovery Tool
3.0. It supports all versions of Windows operation system. Recover
Windows password without lose anything. Here are the simple guide:
Step 1: Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 and install it in
any available computer
Step 2: Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive
Step 3: BIOS settings of your locked computer to make it boot from
CD/DVD or USB flash drive
Step 4: Reset Windows password successfully
The subject is the password of the TrueCrypt volume, not the user's
Windows password :)

Besides, IIRC, the Password Recovery Tool requires you to save the
original password in a certain file before you lose the password. But
if I'm wrong about, with any luck, sonmeone will correct me.
 
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VanguardLH

brandonadedw said:
You can log on as administrator on safe mode. Press F8 when you start
the computer and choose Safe Mode to get in. If you can not log in safe
mode, try the tool bellow, it is the best method without lose anything.

In consideration of remaining all programs and data of the computer, I
recommend you to use a password tool: Windows Password Recovery Tool
3.0. It supports all versions of Windows operation system. Recover
Windows password without lose anything. Here are the simple guide:
Step 1: Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 and install it in
any available computer
Step 2: Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive
Step 3: BIOS settings of your locked computer to make it boot from
CD/DVD or USB flash drive
Step 4: Reset Windows password successfully
And what are you blathering on about? The OP asked about opinions on
TrueCrypt, not some password for Windows. Either you haven't a clue
what is TrueCrypt (so you can't help the OP) or you replied to the wrong
post.

Stop using the webnews-for-boobs interface to Usenet (by a forum
pretending to have a larger community by gatewaying to Usenet). Get a
real newsreader (NNTP client) and connect to the real Usenet. However,
that still won't prevent you from accidentally replying to the wrong
post.
 
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VanguardLH

Gene said:
The subject is the password of the TrueCrypt volume, not the user's
Windows password :)
No, it isn't. The subject is the OP asking for opinions on TrueCrypt
and never mentioned any password.

Brandon is using a webnews-for-boobs interface at vistabanter.com that
gateways to Usenet so they can either pretend to have a larger community
(by usurping Usenet) or to provide a web-based forum-like interface to
Usenet for those ignorant in using a newsreader. My guess is Brandon
replied to the wrong post, or their forum gateway is screwed up and the
thread is corrupted over there or some of their posts didn't get
gatewayed to Usenet that the forum is attempting to usurp.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Gene E. Bloch wrote:
No, it isn't. The subject is the OP asking for opinions on TrueCrypt
and never mentioned any password.
The post that brandonadedw answered was in fact discussing the
passwords of the TrueCrypt volume. You should know - you wrote it.

Here's a part of your post:
"You can even protect yourself if forced at gun point to reveal your
password. You can have 2 passwords on a TrueCrypt container file: one
for the outer layer of the container containing bogus or non-sensitive
files and another for the inner layer where is your sensitive data..."

If brandonadedw wasn't referring to that, he was lost in a net-warp.

Oh - and the "subject" might not be the "Subject:"...
 
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VanguardLH

Gene said:
The post that brandonadedw answered was in fact discussing the
passwords of the TrueCrypt volume. You should know - you wrote it.

Here's a part of your post:
"You can even protect yourself if forced at gun point to reveal your
password. You can have 2 passwords on a TrueCrypt container file: one
for the outer layer of the container containing bogus or non-sensitive
files and another for the inner layer where is your sensitive data..."

If brandonadedw wasn't referring to that, he was lost in a net-warp.
Yes, I mentioned passwords. If that's what brandon triggered on, he
went off on some wild unrelated tangent. Since Windows passwords are
unrelated to TrueCrypt passwords then it sure seems like he was
responding to something completely different. He was NOT discussing the
passwords for TrueCrypt. Instead he talked about Windows passwords, a
recovery tool for those, burning CDs, and the BIOS - none of which has
to do with installing or using TrueCrypt. That "password" was a common
word in my post and his doesn't mean he made an apropos reply. There
are a lot of words in his post that I also used in mine.

Reminds of being at a party and someone joins late in a discussion to
blurt out an unrelated remark. Everyone else turns to the blurter with
a WTF look on their faces.

Oh well, could be Brandon made an innocent blunder; however, he did
afford some header info on which to update a flag on yet another
webnews-for-boobs leeching gateway to Usenet.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Gene is spot on :)
The OP asked for opinions on TrueCrypt...nothing more.
Where's the quotes when ya need them ;)
Wow! The vBulletin USENET gateway kind of messes up quotes. I had to go
back to previous posts to figure out who said what :-(
 

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