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Aug 12 2009   6:46PM GMT

TrueCrypt is your friend

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hello again folks, I hope everyone’s week has been going great! So I wanted to talk about a program that has been around for some time. That program is TrueCrypt, an encryption program that you can use to create encrypted volumes on your hard drive for file storage or to even encrypt the entire system.

In this day and age of mobility, it makes sense to create an encrypted folder on your laptop hard drive or on your USB key. This way if your laptop or USB key gets stolen, your data isn’t compromised. There are many products out there that do this for a price, but why pay when you can get TrueCrypt for free! TrueCrypt is Open Source and it does a great job of providing you with encryption capabilities.

With TrueCrypt you can even create hidden encrypted volumes so people can’t see that you have even encrypted something. With the government having been given sweeping powers to take away your electronic gadgets in the name of “terrorism” you can easily lose company secrets to prying eyes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust anybody looking at my company data except my company. There is no need for other people to be looking at this stuff without a court ordered warrant. I believe that we all should have a reasonable right to privacy. Instead we’re all treated like criminals and are guilty until proven innocent these days which is really unfortunate. With TrueCrypt you can fight the good fight and ensure that your company data is secure even if someone tries to steal or confiscate your stuff.

You can download it here.

 

-RP

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