How to Secure your pen drive.

This tutorial will show you how to create an encrypted volume on your pen drive using TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g.., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc).


You will need:
1) a USB drive
2) True Crypt


1. Preperation

Extract TrueCrypt zip files and copy the following files to the root of your pen drive. (There is no need to install TrueCrypt).
  • TrueCrypt Format.exe
  • TrueCrypt.exe
  • truecrypt.sys

2. Here we go!

Run TrueCrypt Format.exe


There are two of volumes, we will use the standard type. Click Next.



Type any name (with full path) to your pen drive, (example:- f:\secret). The name must be unique. Click Next.

3. Select the encryption type.
In this case it is AES-Twofish-Serpent. Click Next.

4. Size of the encrypted volume. Select the volume size to suit your needs. In this case we choose 512 mb. Click Next.

5. Now choose your secret password. And never forget it. Click Next.

6. Click the format button. Now TrueCrypt will format the volume. Don't worry! Your data will be safe.


Almost finished, but we need to know how to use the secret volume, right?

7. Download this file and copy it into the root of your pen drive.
Remove your pen drive and insert it again. Open my computer. Right click on the pen drive icon. You will see something like this.

To use the encrypted secret drive you will have to mount the secret drive. Click on the 'Mount secret drive' menu item. You will be prompted to enter your secret password. When you enter the secret password the secret drive s: will be mounted and should be visible in 'My computer' window. You can use this drive like an ordinary drive. Put all your secret files in this drive. When you are finished right click on the drive icon and Click on the 'Unmount secret drive' menu item.
After all it wasn't that difficult dho! Enjoy!

4 comments:

The Nass said...

yep. TrueCrypt is awesome. have been using it for sometime now.

subcorpus said...

got a mac uquivalent ?

Shaamil said...

Hello guys :) , TrueCrypt doesn't currently have a mac OS version yet. Try Google. Here's a list of portable applications for mac.
http://tinyurl.com/3bfwhc
http://www.freesmug.org/portableapps/
Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I was trying to install TrueCrypt and
finally the file you ask to download, when I click the link and take me to the site call box something and I need a solition.

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