2 comments on “TrueCrypt 5.0 is out!

  1. I used to have PGP but now I’ve switched to TC. I wonder though how secure it is ?

    How can end users who don’t know cryptography be sure that it really ‘works’ ?

  2. “I used to have PGP but now I’ve switched to TC. I wonder though how secure it is ?”

    PGP and TrueCrypt are complementary products. PGP is used for encrypting communications and individual files, whereas TrueCrypt is for encrypting entire disk volumes.

    “How can end users who don’t know cryptography be sure that it really ‘works’ ?”

    Are you asking whether the algorithm is secure, or whether the implentation in any particular program is secure?

    Encryption algorithms become publicly accepted by independent validation by numerous public and private organizations. Algorithms are mathematical formulas, which can be “proven” to be secure. (“Proof” means that the amount of effort necessary to decrypt the message is not practical with available hardware.)

    The only way to be sure that a particular implementation of an algorithm is secure is to use one for which the source code is available and has been reviewed by independent security experts.

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