I want to put sensitive data on a flashdrive. Flashdrives are notoriously easy to recover deleted data from, so I want to encrypt the drive first.

I'm looking for a free/libre application, preferably already packaged in Debian. Ideally the drive would also be readable by a Windows machine, but that would be a nice-to-have.

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I believe veracrypt, the truecrypt fork, can be used both on windows and linux.

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    On Debian, that would probably mean the "zulucrypt" packages. Quoting from the description: zulucrypt is a suite of applications for creating and managing volumes encrypted with luks, plain, truecrypt and veracrypt.
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2018 at 7:48
  • I believe cryptsetup can also work. At least cryptsetup man page claims support for opening truecrypt volumes.
    – ptman
    Apr 13, 2018 at 13:05
  • I've mentioned Zulucrypt because you recommended Veracrypt – and from what's in Debian's packages (as OP requested), Zulucrypt is the only one explicitly mentioning Veracrypt (I run multiple machines with Debian, so I checked).
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2018 at 14:35
  • man crypsetup on my debian does mention truecrypt and veracrypt, maybe you don't have the latest version
    – ptman
    Apr 13, 2018 at 14:36
  • I don't have any version, I just checked the package description :) But maybe you could edit your answer and include the details from the comments, and then we do a cleanup of them?
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2018 at 19:39

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