Those of you who are security minded will already know, but for everybody else, Truecrypt - everybody’s favorite file encryption tool - has been abandoned. Are there viable alternatives? Sure. Is there a drop in replacement for Truecrypet? Nope.


If you are looking for a disk or partition encryption tool then I’d highly recommend LUKS for linux. You are on your own to look for a Windows version of that because I don’t keep my eye on the latest Windows software releases.

For encrypting single files or directories of files there are a few different tools floating around. The concern that I have with many of these is that the resulting encrypted file can only be decrypted by the same tool. For most of those apps, it would seem that if the developer decides to up and quit, like with Truecrypt, you would be left frantically decrypting your stuff and moving to a new app.

One project that seems unlikely to have this issue would be the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption program called GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG). The main reason this is a safer option is that it is an implementation of the OpenPGP project which results in a fairly large development and support community.

It’s pretty easy to use and get started with so I’d really recommend just going to gnupg.org and reading the posted documentation. The online documentation they have is great.

Finally, for those of you using PGP here is my public key. I haven’t posted that requires it yet but now when I do, you’ll be able to verify that it is from me and has not been tampered with.

-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: GnuPG v2
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=PBOV
-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
" "