Con­tainer-based en­cryp­tion

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Con­tain­ers are an easy start­ing point if you’re new to (and ap­pre­hen­sive about) en­cryp­tion. It’s a pretty straight­for­ward process. Start TrueCrypt from the Start Menu. A screen sim­i­lar to Fig­ure 1 ap­pears. Click the Cre­ate Vol­ume but­ton. ,n WhH firVW VWHS RI WhH Vol­ume Cre­ation Wizard, se­lect ‘ Cre­ate AN HNFrySWHD fiOH FONWALNHr’ and press Next. In the Vol­ume Type step, se­lect ‘ Stan­dard TrueCrypt Vol­ume’— un­less you want to be su­per-se­cre­tive and store all those evil ideas ly­ing around on your hard disk, in which case, you can se­lect ‘ Hid­den TrueCrypt Vol­ume’. The lat­ter op­tion cre­ates a hid­den con­tainer within the main con­tainer, some­what like a Ma­tryoshka doll (that wooden ous­sian toy that is a doll, within a doll, within a doll….). Then click ‘ Next’.

In the Vol­ume Lo­ca­tion screen, se­lect a se­cure lo­ca­tion and fiOHnDPH (gLYH LW Dny HxWHnVLRn—HYHn D FRPPRnOy NnRwn one, to mask its true iden­tity). As al­ways, hit Next to continue. At this point (Fig­ure 2), se­lect the en­cryp­tion al­go­rithm to be used to en­crypt your con­tainer. TrueCrypt also gives you the op­tion of us­ing mul­ti­ple al­go­rithms. AbS is com­monly used, so let’s continue with it for this ex­am­ple; click Next to pro­ceed. At the next step, you will be asked to spec­ify the size of the con­tainer—en­ter an ap­pro­pri­ate value, and click Next.

An im­por­tant step fol­lows—en­ter the pass­word! Once you have and clicked Next, you may be warned if your pass­word is less than 20 char­ac­ters. Don’t worry, just click OK and continue. Move your mouse ran­domly inside the win­dow (Fig­ure 3) to cre­ate a unique set of en­cryp­tion keys. Once

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