One of the great good news in the last few days was the release of the brand new TrueCrypt 5 crypto-software.
I am using TrueCrypt for years now getting little and not so little container files mounted as drives and having the data warm and cosy encrypted on disk.
The long awaited features that were added in the brand new version are complete system – pre-boot authentification – drive encryption and OS X support.
Especially the system drive encryption is of particular interest for me. It’s a straight forward and completely painless solution to encrypt your complete machine and use it as if nothing was done at all.
The workflow is like this:
- Install TrueCrypt 5
- Fire up the TrueCrypt Volume Creation Wizard
- Select “Encrypt system drive” option
- It will do a test-run to make sure your machine can boot with the TrueCrypt Pre-Boot Authentification
- if everything worked out, TrueCrypt starts to encrypt your drive…
After that you’re set. On my brand-new machine the speed does not decrease noticeable – Even on my 4 year old machine I wouldn’t say that there is a slow-down at all.