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TrueCrypt Alternative?

hariom 38 32 March 8, 2016 at 03:04 PM
I am looking for alternative to trueCrypt on both Windows and OSX. Veracrypt seems similar to trueCrypt.
Can this company be trusted to provide safe software without any backdoor?

Link => https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/

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Veracrypt is probably the best established successor to Truecrypt. The short term goal of the project is to implement the recommended changes found by audits of Truecrypt. It's what I use.

It's worth noting that audits have not found any backdoors or critical vulnerabilities in Truecrypt, so if you don't trust Truecrypt you shouldn't trust Veracrypt at the moment either.

Edit: To add a bit about why I trust it, being the best established successor to Truecrypt also means that it had the most eyes on it. It's open source, and published binaries can generally be verified against the source. If someone wanted to backdoor it, they would either need to make an open source code change that escaped detection or publish a binary not from officially sources without detection. It could happen, but it's less likely than if you picked something closed source or more obscure.
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I am looking for alternative to trueCrypt on both Windows and OSX. Veracrypt seems similar to trueCrypt.
Can this company be trusted to provide safe software without any backdoor?

Link => https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/
From what I have read [on the internet and in several computer magazines] it is generally believed that the authors of truecrypt quit the project as the US government began pushing them for a back door, thankfully they had from the very start built anonymity into truecrypt but rather than dance with the feds they just abandoned the software. Because truecrypt was open source anyone with the training and will could have taken up where the original authors stopped. Is their software open source and safe? Who knows for sure Confused

Yes Virginia Truecrypt [grc.com] is still safe to use. The linked article is 2 years old however it is still true and even today the original and last trustworthy open source version of truecrypt can still be found to download.
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There are good reasons to run VeraCrypt, even if the encryption of TrueCrypt is still considered sound. The most notable is that TrueCrypt contains a couple local privilege escalation bugs that essentially remove the security advantages of running as a non-admin user: http://www.pcworld.com/article/29...omise.html.
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From what I have read [on the internet and in several computer magazines] it is generally believed that the authors of truecrypt quit the project as the US government began pushing them for a back door, thankfully they had from the very start built anonymity into truecrypt but rather than dance with the feds they just abandoned the software. Because truecrypt was open source anyone with the training and will could have taken up where the original authors stopped. Is their software open source and safe? Who knows for sure Confused

Yes Virginia Truecrypt [grc.com] is still safe to use. The linked article is 2 years old however it is still true and even today the original and last trustworthy open source version of truecrypt can still be found to download.
Interesting... shame that happened.
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Because truecrypt was open source anyone with the training and will could have taken up where the original authors stopped. Is their software open source and safe? Who knows for sure Confused
Truecrypt was never open-source - it was published under their own restrictive license. The license specifically stopped people from legally carrying on where they left off.
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interesting read relating to truecrypt

http://www.newyorker.com/news/new...ption-tool
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