TrueCrypt has been the freeware encryption software of choice for millions of users for more than a decade. However, some time yesterday, the TrueCrypt web site which hosts the download was replaced with a page warning that TrueCrypt is no longer secure, that development has ceased, and that you should stop using it.
A new version of the software was also released, which no longer supports encryption. It simply allows you to read your current encrypted files so that you can switch to alternative software.
At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known. Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides.
If you are currently using TrueCrypt, here's what you need to do:
1. Continue using it as normal for the time being.
2. Do NOT download the newly-released version. It can't be trusted for now.
3. Don't consider switching to alternative encryption software for the moment. Your existing TrueCrypt installation will suffice, until the facts are known.
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