Recently, open source encryption software TrueCrypt warn users in the official page of the SourceForge that there’s a security risk on this tool, meanwhile, it also announced the termination of TrueCrypt development.
As the most popular free and open source cross-platform encryption software over the past decade, TrueCrypt’s “sudden death” makes information security industry that has been tortured by NSA and OpenSSL fall into chaos again. On Twitter and Facebook and other social media, “conspiracy theory” begins circulating among the security professionals. Many people believe that TrueCrypt’s “sudden death” is similar to Lavabit, which is likely to be forced to close by government departments. Some people also think that the reason is the conflict among core staffs of TrueCrypt.
Since TrueCrypt is widely used, there is a lot of individuals and businesses around the world adopt this software to encrypt sensitive data, so the “sudden death” caused by security problems also led to the close attention of the user. TrueCrypt’s supporters raised $ 70,000 for the TrueCrypt security audits.
TrueCrypt has announced to stop product development, and its official website to jump to the SourceForge page and persuade the users to select other encryption software.
To choose what kind of products to replace TrueCrypt has become a sharp topic among security experts. In addition to BitLocker recommended by TrueCrypt, the master of cryptography – Burce Schneier recently revealed on blog that he personally has switched to use Symantec’s PGPDisk encryption software.
Schneier points out, there are two reasons why he chose full-disk encryption tool PGPDisk: one of which is easy to use, the other is that he trusts Symantec Developer (Schneier himself is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee PGP Corporation). Schneier believes the advantages of full disk encryption are that you don’t need to worry about various hibernation files, swap files, temporary files, browser Cookies and deleted files in disk. If you lose the hard drive or laptop, you just need to tell the boss: “Don’t worry, the entire disk has been locked.”
Now you have many choices about file encryption, now you have very few choices about file encryption. Since nowadays the data theft and data leak accidents frequently happen, individuals and groups including commercial companies all focus on data security. If you want to protect important and sensitive files, you’d better adopt encryption technology to encrypt these files with password. It’s important for you to choose an effective and easy-to-use file encryption program, for which is directly related to your file security.