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Windows 7: Replacement for TrueCrypt in Win 7 Pro


01 Jun 2014   #1

windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 
Replacement for TrueCrypt in Win 7 Pro

Now that TrueCrypt has (apparently) taken itself off the market for securing Windows 7 Pro PCs (or any other system for that matter), and since MS BitLocker is not supported for Windows 7 Pro, what options are available for using encryption to secure data and hardware, including HDDs etc. for a Windows 7 Pro system? All I really want to do is to be able to encrypt entire HDDs/volumes as well as files, folders, etc. on my own PC, I do not need any remote functionality beyond use for local memory sticks and local external backup HDDs; but I do run a WinXP VM on my system so TC is nice to have for that as well.

Any help? That is, any help that won't require me to buy an Ultimate upgrade (which I have no use for), or some expensive 3rd-party software?

Thanks
Pete B

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01 Jun 2014   #2

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

There's nothing wrong at all with continuing to use TrueCrypt version 7.1a. It still works just fine.

A lot of people panic and start to think that just because something isn't developed anymore, or temporarily taken off the market, so to speak, that it's suddenly compromised or no longer works. TrueCrypt version 7.1a has been available and unchanged for the past 27 months... because there's no reason to change it or fix it. If you're using it, keep on using it. I know I will.

https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm
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01 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 8 Professional x64, Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I use truecrypt, but I extensively use another program too, ' cryptbox', it also has the option to encrypt system partitions and create safes a lot like truecrypt, however it is only limited to AES-128 or AES-256, not multiple algorithms like truecrypt
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02 Jun 2014   #4

windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 
RE: Replacement for TrueCrypt in Win 7 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post
There's nothing wrong at all with continuing to use TrueCrypt version 7.1a. It still works just fine.

A lot of people panic and start to think that just because something isn't developed anymore, or temporarily taken off the market, so to speak, that it's suddenly compromised or no longer works. TrueCrypt version 7.1a has been available and unchanged for the past 27 months... because there's no reason to change it or fix it. If you're using it, keep on using it. I know I will.

https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm


Well, thanks, but no thanks, I think. You should read the following from Ars Technica:

Law & Disorder
“TrueCrypt is not secure,” official SourceForge page abruptly warns
by Dan Goodin
One of the official webpages for the widely used TrueCrypt encryption program says that development has abruptly ended and warns users of the decade-old tool that it isn't safe to use.
Read More


When it comes to matters of encryption of data, that warning is sufficient for me to rule out further use of the TC software. This is the same reason one never trusts a home-grown custom security program that someone claims is their own absolutely secure design: there are people out there who dedicate their whole life to cracking the encryption of such software, and I cannot afford to take the chance that the TC is still safe after a warning posted on the TC official website explicitly states oitherwise. Any decent book on encryption will tell you the same thing.

Now, I suspect this was all attributable to the MS decision to end support for MS versions of Windows earlier than Vista, mainly WinXP which still has more users than any other Win OS version, but is no longer being kept secure by MS.

The real problem is that MS did not provide for secure deployment of BitLocker in any version of Windows 7 other than Ultimate and Enterprise. Although the BL service can be activated for Windows 7 Pro, it does not have the public/private key services needed to make it work securely, so that option is no good either.

I suppose I could just buy a third-party encryption package, but if I am going to do that, I might as well just shell out my money to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate instead, even though I do not need anything else in that version that I do not already have in Pro.

Thanks for the reply
Pete B
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4 Weeks Ago   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

TrueCrypt is still a pretty safe alternative, as research shows. It's very rare the message on their homepage, but saying that "it's not safe anymore" is a bit drastic. To me, it appears some sort of self-FUD, the same that MS made to lure users away from XP.

Anyway, serious, independent research has been performed on TrueCrypt, at least on their 7.1a version (the latest before their shutdown). Look here:
Is TrueCrypt Audited Yet?

That link shows a complete work analyzing both the source and behaviour of TrueCrypt, and in it's conclusions, it draws that, while it has bugs, they're of minor to medium severity only. An extensive report is available there too.

While not being maintained anymore is for sure a big con, I don't think it's time to rush for an alternative, at least until a serious FOSS candidate appears. TC is perfectly enough for home use, and maybe for non-critical company usage.
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