TrueCrypt 6.0: I swear I don’t know how that porn got on there

You and I may have taken the 4th of July off, but the folks over at TrueCrypt didn’t. Instead, they pushed out version 6.0 of their on-the-fly encryption utility, with more options than ever for protecting – and hiding – the critical data on your hard drives. Available for Linux, OS X, and Windows, the software is licensed under its own TrueCrypt license, which is not OSI-approved.

The basic idea behind TrueCrypt is “plausible deniability” – that someone who examines your hard drive, even someone who demands and gets your password, shouldn’t be able to find all of the encrypted data. They employ a variety of strategies to achieve this, starting with the fact that you can hide a TrueCrypt-encrypted file system inside of any file. You can also put a “hidden volume” on the drive – a TrueCrypt volume inside another TrueCrypt volume, which is statistically indistinguishable from random noise.

TrueCrypt can use a variety of algorithms for its encryption, including AES, TwoFish, Serpent, and combinations of these. The developers have been good about dropping support for algorithms that have been significantly weakened over the software’s lifetime. (link)

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