VeraCrypt

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Portable version available: 

A portable version of this product is available from the developer.

Replacement for : 

Based on and replaces TrueCrypt.

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System requirements: 

Windows XP to 10, Linux and Mac

Program function: 

Create encrypted "volumes" (special container files) that are mounted as virtual drives with a drive letter assigned. These drives can be written to directly using OTFE (on-the-fly-encryption). You add files, create and delete files and folders in these volumes. The contents of the volumes are always encrypted. VeraCrypt makes them transparently available when a volume is opened with the password.

Download file size: 

11MB

Version: 

1.16

64 Bit compatibility: 

32 bit but 64 bit compatible

Page anchor: 

veracrypt

Review article: 

Best Free Encrypted Virtual Drive Utility

Pros: 

The VeraCrypt fork (derivative) of the once-venerable TrueCrypt is plausibly backdoor-free. It is developed and maintained in France, where the government respects the need and right of users to data privacy. Multi-factor security is available. VeraCrypt is a polished program, with careful attention to the quick repair of bugs and vulnerabilities, and is maintained under a policy of transparency for code.changes and other information. The documentation and FAQs are comprehensive. Care has been taken to make the default settings safe for casual users, but it offers many sophisticated options for experts. VeraCrypt can be installed as a portable program. I have personally switched to VeraCrypt.

Product type: 

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer

Cons: 

It is possible that VeraCrypt has not corrected all the problems of interference with File History and other functions of Windows 8 and possibly 10 that are mentioned under "Caution:" above. There is some indication that Windows 10 is not effected.

Top Pick?: 

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Download page: 

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/

Developers website: 

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/