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TrueCrypt is free, open-source disk encryption software.

It uses stronger encryption than FileVault (built into Mac OS X) and allows the encryption of entire volumes and partitions.

Make sure you choose the right download for your OS version and CPU type.

What's New

Version 7.1.1:
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes

Requirements

OS X 10.4 or later

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Phantasm Member IconComment+8
Phantasm
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TrueCrypt is no longer being developed and the developers state that using encrypted containers may no longer be secure.

From the developer's website:

"WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues

The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms. You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform."

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Version 7.1.1
Cowicide
+2

I find this to be a very strange development.

bluehour73 Member IconReview+49
bluehour73
+0

I like this software a lot. I use it extensively creating encrypted containers and drive partitions.
I am concerned that the developers are basically silent, and support is zero. It also appears that updates for OSX is minimal, despite the fact that at present you cannot encrypt a lot of newer external drives due to a patch not being applied allowing use of drives with non-512 byte sectors.
I would gladly pay $100 (would be well worth it) for this software, but would need to see some developer action....
Would get 5 stars across the board if OSX updates were in line with Win....

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Version 7.1a
InspiredLife2 Member IconReview+9
InspiredLife2
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For basic encryption of user data OR for the hiding and protection of data you not only want to encrypt but actually wish to hide completely (i.e. make it impossible for anyone to actually know there's encrypted data on your Mac) TrueCrypt is the way to go.
It now supports 64 bit on OS X Lion.
You can create hidden volumes, which makes it possible to completely hide encrypted data. This allows for plausible deniability. Simply put, a Govt agency or some other threaten foe will not be able to force (through law or malice) you to reveal the password to your encrypted data, because there will be no way to prove this encrypted data exists. It's unlikely most people need such plausible deniability, but for those who do TrueCrypt makes it easy.
You can encrypt any volume, which includes external drives and USB sticks. A wise move if you have ANY data on your stick or drive you'd rather no one but you could access.
TrueCrypt is open source software, which means all the application code is publicly viewable. This eliminates any chance of it having "back-doors". As far as I know, Apple can not make the same claim for Filevault/Firevault2, because it uses proprietary code. Again, most people are not likely to need this added level of security (i.e. the US govt. not being able to back-door their way into your data, with Apple's "help"), but for some this may provide added peace-of-mind.

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Version 7.1a
LizzyLisa Member IconReview+17
LizzyLisa
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True Crypt is awesome tool, also simplifies a bakup alot!
Thanks for keeping it free!

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Version 7.1a
Beeble42 Member IconComment+31
Beeble42
+3

The description is misleading. It still does not support encrypting a Mac boot volume.

http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=sys-encryption-supported-os
This page lists various versions of Windows only.

When a software vendor can't get the basics of what their software can and can't do, be very wary about using it. Doubly so if the software in question has anything to do with security.

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Version 7.1
Negritude
+2

How do you know that the "vendor" is the one that created or updates this entry? There's tons of faulty information on MacUpdate, partly due to the fact that the "vendor" is often not the entity creating or maintaining the entry in the first place. This is particularly true of cross-platform applications, where generic descriptions don't get tailored to the limitations of the OS X version.

Timmyb Member IconComment+176
Timmyb
+0

Does this still rely on MacFUSE?
If so, I have little doubt that it is leaving fragments of plain text data scattered on the system volume.

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Version 7.1
Timmyb
+0

Ha! You want references?? If you are worried about that sort of stuff then you definitely shouldn't be using this app. Do you have any idea who actually created it? There are so many unknowns about TC it is ridiculous.

myiphoneadventure Member IconComment+7
myiphoneadventure
+7

If anyone is interested, I wrote a short tutorial on how to mount truecrypt volumes on startup here: http://www.myiphoneadventure.com/os-x/truecrypt-automator-automatically-mounted-encrypted-drives-in-os-x

It's pretty easy to do with automator and makes truecrypt a little less unwieldy.

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Version 7.0.1
el-garage
+0

do i need an extra step for try it (the tutorial) on an external HD?

myiphoneadventure
+0

@el-garage - I don't believe there is any other steps necessary for an external HD.

Wts Member IconComment+165
Wts
+2

How do you uninstall ?

Thanks.

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Version 7.0.1
CatherineB
+5

Drop in the trashcan.

Home Clown Member IconComment-14
Home Clown
+0

crap - you HAVE to be an administrator to use this app, in mac os or linux. not good.

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Version 7.0
Umaromc
+8

I WOULD HOPE SO!

xXAkumuXx
+2

It would be quite stupid if you could run this outside of Administrator privileges.

Timmyb Member IconReview+176
Timmyb
+5

It is a shame that this is what Mac users are stuck with. The entire experience is quite un-Mac-like. It is not possible to open a TC container file by double-clicking, instead we must first launch the app and then select a container file from within the app itself - the app must then remain open the entire time that a volume is mounted.
The Mac version also treats Mac users as second class citizens with no support for sparse containers or system encryption - what happens if we need to mount a sparsecontainer which was created on WIndows?? The TC support forum is full of posts by users having difficulty using TC between Win and Mac - support is almost non-existent-not to mention that if you want to use the forum you must register with an ISP provided e-mail (yahoo, gmail, etc not accepted). The app also creates a copy of any mounted TC container in your /tmp folder - very odd and possibly insecure from an architectural standpoint. The encryption itself may be great, but the Mac execution is severely lacking in usability and functionality.

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Version 6.3a
Pirx
+1

You need to run TrueCrypt on each machine that you want to mount the USB drive on. That is not so convenient, but bearable. I use my 15 GB TrueCrypt USB drive on Windoze, Mac and Linux machines and have not met with a single issue.

Gordon142
+3

Truthfully, everything you have described is how it works on Windows as well. It's not like Mac users are getting short-changed some awesome interface from the Windows version.

In any case, Truecrypt uses its one encryption through and through. It is not intended to be a simple interface for the built-in encryption in OS X. For one thing, paranoia is a dominant aspect of Truecrypt's design. Using Mac OS encryption would rob the developers of control over the level of security provided. It would also break cross-platform compatibility.

Corpsecorps
+3

The app DOES NOT HAVE TO REMAIN OPEN.

Seishizero
+1

In Preferences:Security, the first option is to dismount all volumes when TrueCrypt quits. It's on as a default. Unselect and you will not need to have TrueCrypt open all the time.

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Downloads 74,935
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License Free
Date 07 Feb 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free