The program is encryption software based on the code base of TrueCrypt, which was discontinued by the development team in 2014. VeraCrypt is designed for encrypting and decrypting hard disks, partitions, or containers to prevent unauthorized access.
VeraCrypt maintains compatibility with TrueCrypt up to and including version 1.25.9. For instance, volumes created with TrueCrypt can be mounted or converted to the format used by VeraCrypt. However, starting from version 1.26.7, the VeraCrypt format is required.
Similar to its predecessor TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt offers credible deniability. It is free and open-source software licensed under the Apache License 2.0 and the “TrueCrypt License 3.0”. Supported operating systems include Windows, macOS, Linux, and BSD.
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Here’s a basic guide on how to use VeraCrypt:
Creating an Encrypted Volume:
- Download and Install VeraCrypt:
- Visit the official VeraCrypt website (https://www.veracrypt.fr) and download the latest version for your operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux).
- Follow the installation instructions for your specific operating system.
- Open VeraCrypt:
- Launch VeraCrypt on your system.
- Create Volume:
- Click on the “Create Volume” button.
- Volume Creation Wizard:
- Choose “Create an encrypted file container” and click “Next.”
- Volume Type:
- Choose “Standard VeraCrypt volume” and click “Next.”
- Volume Location:
- Specify the location and name for the encrypted volume file. This file will act as a virtual encrypted disk.
- Click “Next.”
- Encryption Options:
- Choose the encryption algorithm and hash algorithm. The default options are generally secure.
- Set the size of the volume and click “Next.”
- Volume Password:
- Set a strong password for the volume. Make sure to use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Click “Next.”
- Volume Format:
- Move your mouse randomly within the VeraCrypt window to generate random data for the encryption process.
- Click “Format” to start the encryption process.
- Once the process is complete, click “Exit.”
Mounting and Using the Encrypted Volume:
- Open VeraCrypt:
- Launch VeraCrypt.
- Select a Drive Letter:
- In the VeraCrypt main window, select a drive letter that will represent your mounted encrypted volume.
- Select File:
- Click on “Select File” and browse to the location of the encrypted volume file you created earlier.
- Click on the “Mount” button.
- Enter Password:
- Enter the password for the encrypted volume and click “OK.”
- Access Encrypted Volume:
- The selected drive letter is now associated with your encrypted volume. You can access it like any other drive.
- When you’re done using the encrypted volume, open VeraCrypt, select the drive letter, and click “Dismount” to securely lock the volume.
- Always remember your password. If you forget it, there’s no way to recover the data.
- Regularly back up your data, including the encrypted volume file.
- Make sure to follow best practices for password security.
This is a basic guide, and the process may vary slightly depending on your operating system. Refer to the VeraCrypt documentation for more detailed instructions and troubleshooting information.