TrueCrypt adds Full Hard Disk Encryption, Mac OS X Support

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Big news from the TrueCrypt Foundation yesterday…the new version of TrueCrypt (v5.0) supports full disk encryption and/or encryption of the system partition using pre-boot authentication. In addition, Mac OS X support was added and a GUI interface for the Linux version is now included. From the TrueCrypt web site:

“TrueCrypt can on-the-fly encrypt a system partition or entire system drive, i.e. a partition or drive where Windows is installed and from which it boots (a TrueCrypt-encrypted system drive may also contain non-system partitions, which are encrypted as well).”

Full disk encryption only works for drives with Windows installed in this new version (including Vista). This is great news considering TrueCrypt is a free, open source encryption solution. Now there is no excuse for companies to deploy full disk encryption to laptops containing customer, employee, or other confidential data. I personally use TrueCrypt with my USB thumb drive and is simply the best mobile encryption solution I have ever used (and it’s free).

Stay tuned for my review of TrueCrypt’s full disk encryption in an upcoming article.

Download the new version of TrueCrypt here.

One Comment

  1. Quzart says:

    Here’s a nice video tut, made by Irongeek:

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