I have Windows 7 Pro and as such, bitlocker won't work for me. I have some sensitive information which I have locked with an AES-256 key in a 7zip folder, but I would like to encrypt my entire drive as an added measure. True crypt which had been the leading open source software for such a job has been discontinued and is no longer considered secure according to its authors. Does anyone know of a good open source alternative from a reliable source such as sourceforge?


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Vera crypt is one of the many great alternatives to True Crypt. The developers are looking at the published issues with Tera crypt and patches are expected (for those that have not already been fixed) within the next few months. Vera crypt branches the original Tera crypt code and so is very similar but with a few changes including an improvement that makes it about 300 more times harder to crack with brute force than the True source encryption. It is able to interact with true crypt folders and is free.

PC & Tech Authority's Magazine did a great article on this in the August 2015 issue (pg 108,109).

Download Here: https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/releases/view/616110

  • Sorry I am new to this forum and did not realise.
    – SamKowald
    Feb 6, 2016 at 6:14
  • Thanks everyone for their answers. Next time I will post to the software stack exchange. I did not know that it existed as I've mainly used the electronics and sometimes superuser one. Thanks
    – mberna
    Feb 6, 2016 at 20:15
  • Sam, and what are those other "many"? VeraCrypt seems to be so far the only one, and it's not stable enough, and not well mainained. Aug 9, 2016 at 15:10
  • I'm afraid I have not used any of the alternatives but a simple google search "veracrypt alternatives" reveals several options.
    – SamKowald
    Aug 10, 2016 at 0:54

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