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