Using TrueCrypt on a Windows 7 Machine


Here is how to fully encrypt a brand new Windows 7 Machine using TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Go to www.truecrypt.org and download the latest version of the software
  2. Install the Software
  3. Check your make and model of laptop for compatibility with whole disk encryption
  4. Select a Drive letter in the main screen
  5. You don’t generally need to do a hidden volume unless you really need to.
  6. Select “Encrypt the Entire Disk”
    • Note: Don’t just encrypt a single partition. Encrypt the entire disk!
  7. You can wipe the unencrypted files if you want to. It depends on how sensitive the files already on the hard drive are.
    • If you wipe the drive beforehand, it will take longer.
  8. Select the 256 bit AES Encryption cipher
    • You can select a combination cipher as well but it will add more time to the process
  9. Carefully choose a passphrase that is longer than 30 characters and uses irregular characters.
    • Avoid words that can be found in a dictionary.
  10. Now go find something fun to do while the hard drive is encrypting!
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