Encrypting your storage protects the data from thieves. “TrueCrypt” is a free software that is no longer available. If you have an older version, you can use it, but it is not recommended because there may be unfixed security issues in those versions. Let’s look at some other options for encrypting your storage.
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Step # 1 - Use DiskCryptor
An option is to use “DiskCryptor”, a software for Windows that can encrypt disk partitions that already have data on them instead of requiring an empty volume. It supports multiple encryption algorithms; disk drives with large sectors and it can encrypt all manner of external drivers. The downside is that it can only encrypt disks.
To download the software, go to this link: “www.diskcryptor.net”. Click on the “Download” button and choose “Installer” from the options. Then run the setup and follow the instructions to install the program. To complete the installation you’ll have to restart your computer. Once done, open the program, choose the drive and click on “Encrypt”.
Then choose the algorithm and Wipe mode. Click “Next” and type a password. Then click the “Ok” button.
Step # 2 - Use AxCrypt
A second option is to use “AxCrypt”. This works as a complement to “DiskCryptor” because it encrypts individual files. To download it go to this link: “www.axantum.com” and click on the “Download” button on the site. Then click on the “Full Setup” download installer. Run the setup and follow the instructions to install the software. Next, all you have to do is right click on a file to encrypt it.
In addition to encryption, files can be locked with a passphrase, a key-file, or both.
Step # 3 - Use AESCrypt
Then we have “AESCrypt” is similar to “AxCrypt”. Unfortunately, it can’t encrypt folders. If you only need to protect a handful of files, it’s a great choice. Go to this link: “www.aescrypt.com” to download it and click on the blue download link. Then choose the version according to your Operating System. Extract the folder; run the setup and follow the instructions to install the software.
To use it, you only need to right click on a file and select “Encrypt”; enter the password and click the “Ok” button.
Step # 4 - Use GnuPG
“GnuPG” is a complete foundation for encrypting and signing your data. Depending on your Operating System, you’ll want a different tool within the “GnuPG” suite. To download it go this link: “www.gnupg.org”. Once on the site click the “Download” button from the left column and look for your Operating System. Click once more on the link provided on the site. Then download the latest version. Open the setup and follow the instructions to install the application.
To open the program, you’ll have to generate a certificate, if you don’t already have one. To do so, go to “File” and click on “New certificate”.
Choose the type, in this case, a personal “OpenPGP” key pair, and click on it. Complete the fields and hit “Next”. Click the “Create key” and type a password. Now click “Finish”.
You’re ready to encrypt your files. Go to the “File” tab and choose “Sign and/or Encrypt”. Select “Encrypt” and click next. Choose your certificate, click “Add” and click “Encrypt”. Once done, click “Finish”.
By combining these programs you can encrypt your hard drives and files.
Result: Congratulations! You’ve just learned How to Use Encryption Software (TrueCrypt Alternatives).