After i write Encrypt Your Flashdrive With TrueCrypt In Ubuntu, some of my friends ask if TrueCrypt could work in Windows 7. And i said, of course it would work. TrueCrypt work in multiple paltform such as Windows and Linux. For Mac? i don’t know yet, i haven’t try.
As you read in the previous article. TrueCrypt is an open source software that helps you set up and maintain an on-the-fly encrypted volume. On the fly encryption means data is automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. You need a keyfile and /or a password to access the data stored in an encrypted volume (file). TrueCrypt encrypts the entire filesystem – including file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data and so on.
- Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
- Encrypts an entire hard disk partition or a device, such as USB flash drive.
- Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.
- Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:
* Hidden volume (steganography).
* No TrueCrypt volume can be identified (volumes cannot be distinguished from random data).
- Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Blowfish (448-bit key), CAST5, Serpent, Triple DES, and Twofish.
Mode of operation: LRW (CBC supported as legacy).
To install Truecrypt on Windows:
- Download the installation file from Truecrypt official site.
- Select the TrueCrypt for Windows
- Run the installation.
- After it finished it would available under program files menu.
How to encrypt your flashdrive with Truecrypt in Windows:
- Run truecrypt
- Create Volume
- In the TrueCrypt volume creation wizard, select “Create a volume within partition drive” option. Click “Next”.
- Just leave it to default “Standard TrueCrypt volume”. Click Next.
- Select the volume location. Choose where your USB Flashdrive mounted. Click Next.
- Choose the encryption algorithm and hash algorithm, AES or TwoFish are strong encryption algorithm. Click Next.
- It will ask how large your encrypt partition. If you want to encrypt entire Flashdrive, leave it as default. Click Next.
- Set the volume password, this recommend to be at least 20 characters. Or otherwise you can use generated keyfiles. And store it safely. Click Next.
- Format the volume file, it will ask you what file system your want to use for your flashdrive. Ext3 would be good.
- Choose whether you want cross-platform support for your mounted volumes or not. Click Next.
- Format the TrueCrypt volume file by clicking the “Format” button.
- It would be take a while and how large your Flashdrive.
To mount encrypted flashdrive:
- Plug your flashdrive and run TrueCrypt.
- Select the encrypted volume device.
- Select an empty slot. TrueCrypt offers over 60 slots to mount more than one encrypted volume.
- Click on the “Mount” button to mount the encrypted file. It would ask you the password or keyfiles.
- If you are authenticated, you will see a new mounted volume.
To unmount encrypted flashdrive:
- Open TrueCrypt
- Select the mounted slot
Visit TrueCrypt Documentation for more details like encrypt and hide your Operating system.