Review of Veracrypt, the Truecrypt alternative and successor


  1. This looks exactly the same as Truecrypt and with no-one actually explaining the real reason for Truecrypt’s vulnerabilities. Who’s to say those vulnerabilities haven’t carried over?

  2. II have used Truecrypt for years with no problems. It appears that both programs have the same characteristic I don’t like, anyone can move or delete the containers. Then all is lost! To solve this I use “IsyLock” to create a folder, then I store my container inside the folder and lock the folder with IsyLock. Then nothing can be moved or deleted. Works with my hard drive or USB. It is also free.

  3. P.S. Both truecrypt and IsyLock are free and both are portable. Truecrypt portable can be put inside the IsyLock Locker this way no one will se you have truecrypt on your USB. Once you unlock your locker with your IsyLock password then you can see your container and use truecrypt.

  4. The TC vulnerabilites are well-documented in the TrueCrypt Audit Project. Some of them might carry over, but there are definite security enhancements in place in the increased iteration-rounds.

    I’m not gonna transition to VeraCrypt before it’s more throuroughly tested and verified to be working properly, but i like the prospects.

  5. What do you mean by ‘anyone’?

    If you mean ‘any user’, then you can restrict user access to files and folders.
    If you mean ‘anyone with access to your computer’, then I regret to tell you this, but a tool like IsyLock is easily bypassed.

  6. It’s a good idea, since I have an axcrypted file or truecrypt container (for some websites’ passwords) in a flash drive together with quite other things like music, photos…., “anyone” in my family can access and delete by mistake !…..easily bypasses by FBI is OK!

  7. There are several ways to prevent files from being deleted by accident.
    1) Backup, preferably automated and with deletion redudancy.
    2) Keep a clean file and folder structure so you know where your data are.
    3) There are software tools that protect against accidental deletion
    4) File and folder-permissions that write-protects the file. Requires you to run TrueCrypt as administrator unless you mount the file as read-only.

    Deletion by mistake rarely happens if you actually keep a clean file and folder structure. I’ve been running complex structures for years, and the only accidental deletion I’ve ever done was inside a software (Shift+Delete in iTunes instead of just Delete. The former deletes the media from the iTunes library and hard drive, while the latter only deletes from playlist).

  8. It always seems like TrueCrypt was discontinued due to pressure from the government. How do we know that Veracrypt just doesn’t cave in and give the government what it needs?

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