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May 29 2014   1:02PM GMT

Is TrueCrypt really dead?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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Disk Encryption
Microsoft BitLocker encryption
Security
TrueCrypt

Because of the abrupt announcement at truecrypt.sourceforge.net, no one is completely sure yet whether or not the venerable staple of file and disk encryption is really finished for good. Here’s the notice posted there:

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

This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt.

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 (click here for more information). You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform.

You should download TrueCrypt only if you are migrating data encrypted by TrueCrypt.

The site then goes on to explain how to migrate from TrueCrypt to BitLocker under Windows and an encrypted disk under Mac OS and linux.

Whatever is going on here, it’s going to make users very wary about ever trusting the software again. It’s probably time for all of us to find another way to do encryption on our files and hard drives.

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