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TrueCrypt Alternatives. Top Recommendations Erom Experts, Including DiskCryptor & VeraCrypt

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One of the most popular on-the-fly encryption (OTFE) tools, TrueCrypt has served its users well since its launch in 2004, providing people with excellent and flexible encryption services for their data and files. On top of their very strong and secure encryption methods, TrueCrypt was also free.

With the confirmation of TrueCrypt being discontinued last last year, people are now flocking to other alternatives. But with the kind of legacy TrueCrypt has left, are there any worthy replacements?

The good news is there are indeed a few encryption software that can, at the very least, replicate or even outperform TrueCrypt in some respects. Check out the four them listed below.

1. Symantec Drive Encryption


TrueCrypt was a free utility loaded with excellent encryption features. Symantec Drive Encryption offers the same level of encryption services, parading strong features such as  PGP encryption, local policy management, reduced data loss, and resource management among others.

Users looking for alternative encryption tools need to understand that Symantec Drive Encryption is intended to be a premium software. But if you don’t mind paying extra, it is quite easy to say that you are getting your money’s worth. Symantec Drive Encryption is very easy to administer, thanks to its simple and uncluttered interface and boasts of very strong encryption technologies. It currently supports  supports PC, Linux (command-line only) and Mac setups.

2. DiskCryptor


Some of the best things in life are indeed free and DiskCryptor is an indication of that. Like TrueCrypt, DiskCryptor is an open source free encryption platform fitted with all the basic encryption features you will ever need. More than just computer files, programs, and drives, DiskCryptor can also encrypt external devices including CDs and thumb drives. DiskCryptor also implements various encryption methods like AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), Twofish, and Serpent for added security. Encryption via combining cascaded algorithms is also available.

While DiskCryptor sounds amazing, it only supports Windows and is not compatible with Linux or Mac.

3. VeraCrypt


The say imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that is the case, then VeraCrypt is perhaps the closest copycat we have to TrueCrypt. Brandishing the same features and the very similar user interface, VeraCrypt excels TrueCrypt in the security department, as the former is developed with a better and more enhanced security setup – increased number of iterations per encryption.

VeraCrypt is also compatible with a throng of encryption algorithms like AES, Twofish, Serpent, and even supports  a combination of these algorithms. The only aspect VeraCrypt failed to replicate is to mesh with the TrueCrypt storage formats.

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4. AxCrypt

axcryptIf you are someone who want to encrypt a file without much mess and effort, then AxCrypt is the ideal choice. Users simply right click on the file and press the “Encrypt” option. The file will be then encrypted using the AES – 128 bit encryption immediately. On top of its very simple setup and implementation, AxCrypt is also free.

However, it only supports WIndows files, making it a very limited encryption program.

By Nestor Gilbert

Senior writer for FinancesOnline. If he is not writing about the booming SaaS and B2B industry, with special focus on developments in CRM and business intelligence software spaces, he is editing manuscripts for aspiring and veteran authors. He has compiled years of experience editing book titles and writing for popular marketing and technical publications.

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