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TrueCrypt7.2

11 September 2019

Disk encryption software.

Overview

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 in TrueCrypt

Version 7.2:
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes

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28 Reviews of TrueCrypt

myiphoneadventure
19 January 2011
Version: 7.0.1

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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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pascalfuentes
22 June 2020
Version: 7.2
No compatibility with last update of iOS
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amaloney
12 September 2019
Version: 7.2
TrueCrypt is 32 bit and not maintained. VeraCrypt is the successor to TrueCrypt https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Home.html
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Naoh
12 September 2019
Version: 7.2
Wow. According to the SourceForge page for TrueCrypt, this version is from 2014.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
11 September 2019
Version: 7.2
Just tried to install it and it failed with the message "Needs 10.4 or later".
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Phantasm
28 May 2014
Version: 7.1.1
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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bluehour73
31 December 2013
Version: 7.1a
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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InspiredLife2
23 June 2012
Version: 7.1a
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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LizzyLisa
09 April 2012
Version: 7.1a
True Crypt is awesome tool, also simplifies a bakup alot! Thanks for keeping it free!
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Beeble42
01 September 2011
Version: 7.1
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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Timmyb
01 September 2011
Version: 7.1
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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myiphoneadventure
19 January 2011
Version: 7.0.1
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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Wts
11 January 2011
Version: 7.0.1
How do you uninstall ? Thanks.
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Home-Clown
30 July 2010
Version: 7.0
crap - you HAVE to be an administrator to use this app, in mac os or linux. not good.
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Timmyb
11 February 2010
Version: 6.3a
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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Tbnw
25 October 2009
Version: 6.3
This is an excellent cross-platform solution to keeping things secure! I have no problems with this and it gives me different ways to encrypt volumes for various tasks eg. From storing my bank details to my plan to take over the world.
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thekidfromtheredbank
10 September 2009
Version: 6.2a
I'm having several issues under Snow Leopard. Trouble with mounting the device, trouble when backing up on the device. Get system crashes -> have to force shut down... Please fix this. This would be essential.
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info-789
01 November 2008
Version: 6.1
One of the BEST decryption/encryption tool for Mac and Windows! 6.1 is much more faster!! By the way, which is the most secure encryption?
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Follerec
19 October 2008
Version: 6.0a
Just installed TrueCrypt and I find that, despite some quirks, it's great for my purpose: accidentally losing my flashdrive that contains confidential company information. I sometimes have to bring home confidential stuff like financial documents, sometimes passwords in plaintext (i really should start using KeePassX for that), etc. Now I encrypt my entire flashdrive. This way, if I drop it or lose it or get mugged, any confidential information I have on me is protected. Whoever gets my flashdrive can have it. It's great too that it's cross platform, although the compile on CentOS 5.2 was a bit of a hassle (not enough clear documentation on this yet). But at least I can use my encrypted flashdrive on Linux, Windows, and, last but not least, my Mac. DMGs are great but obviously out of the question when you're working on multiple platforms like me. TrueCrypt is the solution for me.
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Inik
07 July 2008
Version: 6.0
(All the comments in my previous review of version 5.1 still apply unless noted here.) TrueCrypt 6 is a nice improvement over 5. Hidden volumes are now supported, and therefore plausible deniability. There are also major speed improvements, which I did not confirm, but I was able to play back video from the secure mount without trouble. It turns out that HFS+ volumes are possible (and were in 5.1 as well), but you have to re-format an existing FAT32 secure disk. These disks won't be cross-platform, of course, but they'll perform much better. The Mac (and Linux) version still lacks a traveler/portable mode as well as boot disk encryption. With the addition of hidden volumes and its excellent security algorithms, TrueCrypt is indisputably the top encryption tool on the Mac.
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Inik
03 March 2008
Version: 5.0a
This is one of the top encryption tools on Windows, and it's great to see it on the Mac. It offers highly secure encryption for file volumes (disk images) and filesystems (not including the boot drive/partition). In my testing it was stable and performed fairly well. (Equivalent to most other FUSE-based filesystems) Unfortunately, the Mac version falls flat in many ways compared to the Windows (and Linux, in some cases) versions of TrueCrypt. These limitations limit the usefulness of TC, especially compared to other options on the Mac. Specifically: Hidden volumes are not supported, and therefore there is no standard of plausible deniability. The fact that there is encrypted information and the quantity of it is obvious to an adversary. There is no "traveler" mode, so you cannot keep encrypted volumes on a portable disk without installing MacFUSE and TrueCrypt on each system you need to access it from. There is no encryption of the boot drive. However, external drives can be fully encrypted. It only supports the FAT32 filesystem. Native HFS+ is not supported. So you have to deal with .ds_store files, etc. It relies upon MacFUSE, which is something of a moving target as it's under active development. This also creates a potential security weak point that the TC authors would not necessarily be in a position to correct. Given all of this, Disk Utility's encrypted disk images are, in many ways, superior to TrueCrypt. TC is more difficult to use (it's distinctly un-Mac-like) and less widely supported on the Mac. While the encryption is stronger (512 bit encryption vs. 256 bit in Disk Utility), neither can be readily compromised through brute force. There is also some security in TC being an open-source project. Apple's implementation of secure disk images has not had nearly the review that TC's has. The one real advantage of TC is that its encrypted disks are cross platform. Or, more accurately, the Mac version of TrueCrypt can access Windows' TrueCrypt volumes.
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Dave-Burbank
10 February 2008
Version: 5.0
TrueCrypt has been around for a while on the Windows platform. I first learned about it when the great "Security Now" podcast devoted an entire episode to it. TrueCrypt is now available for OS X and there's a new GUI version for Linux. This is great! I use Truecrypt to encrypt the data on my many USB Flash Drives. I can now use these encrypted flash drives on all three platforms. TrueCrypt can encrypt entire volumes, partitions, or you can create an encrypted file (kind of like a disk image) onto which you can store your most important data. There is so much that TrueCrypt does. I have only scratched the surface. Listen to the Security Now podcast on TrueCrypt. The TrueCrypt is extremely thorough, but needs to be completely updated for Mac and Linux.
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Enigmah
08 February 2008
Version: 5.0
works great for me on leopard intel.
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Kp-gores
08 February 2008
Version: 5.0
Leopard, PPC. I have installed MacFUSE with additional filesystems and this works ok. TrueCrypt creates a volume, but when trying to mount it I get an error message from hdiutil telling me there is no filesystem. Please, help
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Rloomans
08 February 2008
Version: 5.0
The description is wrong.... encryption of the boot drive is only available on Windows.
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Pyle129
07 February 2008
Version: 5.0
Leopard PPC DMG downloads just fine for me. No extra file extensions are added. However, when installed the actual application's architecture is wrong and the app will not run. Apparently all the builds are the same for Mac, no PPC and no Universal. Therefore I cannot write a review because the application will not run.
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Bugdave
07 February 2008
Version: 5.0
Make sure you remove the ".bz2" from the downloaded file's filename. Their servers seems to be adding the suffix for no good reason. That is why people cant seem to open it. Again, the file name should really look like "TrueCrypt 5.0 Leopard Intel.dmg" and if you rename it to that it will mount the disk image properly.
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Juancab
07 February 2008
Version: 5.0
Don't bother downloading it if you use Leopard, for some reason both the PPC and Intel Leopard disk images appear to be corrupted.
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Pmcarrion
07 February 2008
Version: 5.0
What about Knox?
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