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FLOSS Friday: TrueCrypt

January 15th, 2010

For this installment of FLOSS Friday, I’m going to point out an invaluable tool to improve the security of your data.  TrueCrypt is a free, open-source disk encryption program.  It works with hard drives and removable storage such as USB keys and portable disks.  TruCrypt works with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.  Even better, if you encrypt a portable disk with one platform you can access the information on a different platform.

With the number of laptops and popularity of USB keys at East Carolina University, not to mention the ease with which sensitive information can be inadvertently copied, it is imperative that lost or stolen disks be encrypted to protect the data.  TrueCrypt makes the process ridiculously easy.  We all love screen shots, so here’s a couple of the Windows XP version of TrueCrypt:

TrueCrypt on Windows XP Main Window

TrueCrypt on Windows XP Main Window

TrueCrypt on Windows XP Encryption Wizard

TrueCrypt on Windows XP Encryption Wizard

For even more security, you can combine TrueCrypt with KeePass and make sure that all your disks have different, highly secure pass phrases.

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