1. Join Date : Sep 2016
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       28 Oct 2016 #1

    Encryption: Which App To Use?


    Hey guys, I don't mean to be a pest as I know this is an extremely busy forum, but I need some help.

    So, I want to make my HDD's more secure by using encryption. I've been using Truecrypt and it's perfect for me, but everyone keeps telling me I need to move onto another encryption method because Truecrypt is no longer supported.

    I'm running Windows 10 Pro and I've used Bitlocker a couple times to encrypt external HDD's, but how does it work if I encrypt a HDD like an external or internal HDD using Microsoft Bitlocker? If I connect a Mac to it, how could the Mac decrypt it?

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post!
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  2. Join Date : Aug 2014
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       28 Oct 2016 #2

    If I connect a Mac to it, how could the Mac decrypt it
    First thing to be aware of is that Mac OS X doesn't have native NTFS support, at least up to Mavericks version, haven't checked the latest 2, El Capitan or Sierra. And I haven't found a decent third-party software, so I store all the files I want to share between Windows, Mac OS X and Linux on a NAS drive attached to my Router by Ethernet cable. Second thing is any encryption software would have to be cross-platform, work on the OSes desired. A demonstration of cross-platform support would be having the free LibreOffice installed on the 3 I mentioned, work fine for me in their commonality.
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  3. Join Date : Sep 2016
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       4 Weeks Ago #3

    Thanks so much for your reply!

    Would it be better for me to just create encrypted containers instead of encrypting the entire HDD?
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  4. Join Date : Aug 2014
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       4 Weeks Ago #4

    That's the way I'd go as encrypting the whole drive would cause loss of everything if there were problems.

    If concerned by loss of critical data it would be good to use an External USB HDD to store and stash away somewhere secure such as in one of the fire-resistant lockboxes like Sentry, a safe or a bank safety deposit box.
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  5. Join Date : Sep 2016
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       4 Weeks Ago #5

    Berton said: View Post
    That's the way I'd go as encrypting the whole drive would cause loss of everything if there were problems.

    If concerned by loss of critical data it would be good to use an External USB HDD to store and stash away somewhere secure such as in one of the fire-resistant lockboxes like Sentry, a safe or a bank safety deposit box.
    | Sentry® Safe | Home Safes Business Safes Gun Safes Data Safes Auto Safes
    Wow, thanks for your brilliant ideas!

    Are there any other downsides of encrypting the whole drive? It seems like creating encrypted containers is much better...?
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  6. Join Date : Sep 2016
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       1 Week Ago #6

    It also seems to take much more time to encrypt the whole drive compared to creating encrypted containers so are there any advantages to encrypting the whole drive?
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  7. Join Date : Oct 2016
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       1 Week Ago #7

    or use the fork of TrueCrypt ie VeraCrypt
    VeraCrypt - Home
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  8. Join Date : Jun 2014
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       1 Week Ago #8

    D4ni3l said: View Post
    or use the fork of TrueCrypt ie VeraCrypt
    VeraCrypt - Home
    I second VeraCrypt. I can't answer your question about a whole drive because I never did it.
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  9. Join Date : Sep 2016
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       5 Days Ago #9

    Can anyone confirm if Veracrypt is a safe to use? How can I check if it's a reputable app that doesn't contain malicious code? This is important because I'd be storing my most sensitive personal files in Veracrypt...
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  10. Join Date : Oct 2016
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       5 Days Ago #10

    we can never be sure but Veracrypt is open source
    and the source code is published on well known site https://github.com/veracrypt/VeraCrypt
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