In general, when one uses the term ‘open source’, Linux is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But even if you’re a Windows user, you can use open source software! This article shows you how, by touching upon two key security measures: encryption
You don’t have to be part of the FBI to use this type of software, but you can be as secure. bven if your hard disk or flash drive gets stolen, encrypting your data will save the day. After all, the hardware is expendable, your data isn’t. One of the best encryption software out there is good ol’ TrueCrypt— it provides the most robust algorithms to encrypt not only bits of data, but full hard drives as well. The key benefit of something like TrueCrypt is that it provides on- the- fly encryption, and it is cross- platform— offering encryption benefits across Windows, Linux and Mac systems. What this really means is that your data will remain encrypted even when you’re using it. The system will transparently encrypt or decrypt your files in the background, as required. I will show you how to encrypt your data in two modes ( make sure you back up your data before attempting to encrypt anything— something as simple as a power- cut during the initial encryption process can cause data loss that may be irrecoverable, especially while encrypting drives or partitions). 1. Containers: 7hLV LV dRnH Ey FrHDWLng Dn HnFrySWHd fiOH, NnRwn DV D ‘FRnWDLnHr’. 7hLV fiOH LV WhHn PRunWHd Ln Windows as a drive. Data within this drive is encrypted in real-time, as explained above. Full-disk encryption: 7hLV PRdH LV VDIHr WhDn WhH firVW. AV the term implies, it encrypts your entire drive or partition. Before we begin, let’s download and install TrueCrypt (from the link given at the end of the article) and run the set up.