True Crypt 4.2 released - gHacks Tech News

True Crypt 4.2 released

You may know that I'm using True Crypt for some months now to encrypt and decrypt my entire removable hard disk that has a capacity of 300 Gigabytes. All happens in real time and I did not experience any major slowdowns so far. I'm able to download content to the drive with 14.2 Mbps and its working like every other hard disk. Yesterday a new True Crypt version was released and it has some amazing new features, let us take a look at some of them:

  • TrueCrypt volumes can now be created under Linux.
  •  Ability to create a ‘dynamic’ container. Its physical size (actual disk space used) grows as new data is added to it.
  • It is now possible to mount a single TrueCrypt volume from multiple operating systems at once

So, most important of course is that it now supports Linux, which is great and if that's what kept you from using it you now have no excuse whatsoever to not try it out.

Take a look at the manufacturers homepage and download the latest version of true crypt here.

Make sure you backup all important files on that drive before using it, it's always better to stay on the safe side.

Update: The developers of True Crypt have updated the encryption software sporadically in recent years (about twice per year). At the time of writing, True Crypt is now at version 7, which introduced several exciting new features, including hardware-accelerated AES, support for a new breed of hard drives that use sector sizes other than 512 bytes, and options to automatically mount devices when its host gets connected to the system.

Earlier versions introduced parallelized encryption and decryption on multi-core processors, the ability to create and run a hidden operating system, or the ability to encrypt system partitions. In short, True Crypt is now supporting even more systems, shows improved performance thanks to support for new technologies, and has all in all matured a lot in recent times.

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