VeraCrypt, the successor of TrueCrypt, is a free, multi-platform, on-the-fly encryption program similar to the Microsoft‘s BitLocker. The former, surprisingly, works on various platforms including Windows, MacOS, Linux and Raspbian, unlike the latter.
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The tool offers numerous features to create encrypted file containers, encrypt volumes or partitions, or encrypt the whole operating system, etc. VeraCrypt also adds advanced security to its features and immunizes various bugs found in TrueCrypt, making it secure against brute-force and other types of modern attacks. Sounds interesting? Then let’s read on.
In this post, we’re going to introduce you to VeraCrypt, share some of its best advantages, guide to install and use the tool secure your data in various ways.
Below are some of its most advantageous features:
Let’s start with installing VeraCrypt on your system. You just need to follow the below steps:
Congrats! VeraCrypt is now installed in your system.
An encrypted container is an encrypted file on your system that forms a virtual partition on your computer. In this virtual partition, you can save files to encrypt them on-the-fly. Please follow the below steps to create an encrypted volume using VeraCrypt:
Your VeraCrypt volume is now ready. You can mount it using steps given below and start securing your confidential data using this volume.
A hidden volume is a volume created inside an existing encrypted volume or container. This hidden volume is untraceable from outside and is protected using a different password. This means one can’t access a hidden volume even if one knows its container.
You can create an encrypted hidden container using the following steps:
After finishing these steps you have successfully created the hidden VeraCrypt volume, which you can now use to store crucial data without the fear of anyone knowing about it.
Note: The hidden volume resides inside the outer volume, hence you must always have a free space of the size of hidden volume in the outer volume, else your inner volume’s data will get corrupted.
Want to access your encrypted files? This can be done as follows:
You’ll see that the partition has been mounted.
VeraCrypt can also encrypt partitions like BitLocker, which means you’ll have a whole partition encrypted on your system’s hard disk using a password. You can mount it just like an encrypted container (as described above).
To encrypt a normal partition using VeraCrypt, follow these steps:
Note: Wipe mode is essential for situations where you have some crucial data on the chosen partition that you can’t risk getting exposed anytime. Though VeraCrypt will encrypt your drive with its full data, yet people may recover some unencrypted data using modern technologies if you don’t select a wipe mode, so choose any option but none.
Well done, you’ve successfully encrypted the partition. Now you can mount it to store and encrypt your data on automatic basis.
In this encryption scheme, a password is needed to start or boot up your PC. VeraCrypt currently does not support encrypting a system partition residing on a dynamic disk.
If you’re unsure, press Win + X choose Disk Management and check what’s written under Disk 0. You’re good to proceed if it’s Basic there.
Please start with the system encryption as follows:
Well, that was all about VeraCrypt. Hope you’ll find encrypting your data or system easy using the above guides. And yes, don’t forget to backup your data first.
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