I use a TrueCrypt volume on a USB device to move a corpus of confidential files between a Mac OS 10.6.8 machine and a Win XP machine (both directions). I have been using TrueCrypt 7.1a.

What if any alternatives to TrueCrypt do I have? FOSS highly preferred. That it support a file container is required (the file names are themselves confidential).


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VeraCrypt is a free, open source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. VeraCrypt can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file or encrypt a partition or storage device.

VeraCrypt supports loading TrueCrypt volumes and partitions, both normal and hidden. In order to activate this, you have to check TrueCrypt Mode in the password prompt dialog.


  • Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
  • Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
  • Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).
  • Encryption is automatic, real-time(on-the-fly) and transparent.
  • Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted.
  • Encryption can be hardware-accelerated on modern processors.
  • Provides plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password: hidden volume (steganography) and hidden operating system. VeraCrypt can hide an encrypted volume inside another VeraCrypt volume in such a way that it impossible to prove the second hidden volume exists (if the correct precautions are taken).
  • More information about the features of VeraCrypt may be found in the documentation.


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