TrueCrypt 5.0 released with major new features, Linux GUI

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My favorite encryption software, TrueCrypt, released a major update today. There are two major new features:

  • TrueCrypt now allows encryption of the entire system partition in Windows. TrueCrypt has enabled encryption of non-system partitions before, but this features allows you to encrypt your entire drive.
  • The long-awaited graphical interface for GNU/Linux!

TrueCrypt is a free and open-source software for encrypting files and disks. For a tutorial on getting started with TrueCrypt, see this post from last April. If and when I experiment with full-system encryption, I will post a new tutorial and review.

[via Slashdot]

TrueCrypt GNU/Linux GUI

Edit: I had to see the GNU/Linux graphical interface. Click the thumbnail to see the larger version. It works so well I could cry for joy. No more command line! It is missing some of the nice features of Windows interface. For example, it will not automatically mount your encrypted volumes on startup, and will not automatically dismount them on shutdown. But it does automatically detect and enable NTFS, which is a great feature. Thanks you, TrueCrypt team! Definitely a project worth supporting.

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