An antivirus program, password-protected acces and other security measures are sometimes not enough to protect confidential data from unauthorized persons. What if someone manages to copy our personal files directly from our desktop computer, because he gained a direct access to it by taking advantage of our inattention ? Or what if we unfortunately lose a laptop ? Then anything stored on our computer’s hard disk will be at risk of being intercepted. However, there is a way to prevent such accidents – encryption. It involves creating an encrypted partition on the disk for sensitive data, which no one else will have access to.
VeraCrypt – what is that?
Vera Crypt is a program to encrypt data on computer disk partitions. Although Windows has the BitLocker setting in its options, it is unfortunately not available for all systems. It is much better to install VeraCrypt, which has no restrictions and works just as well on Windows as it does on Linux or Mac.
From a technical point of view, VeraCrypt is the successor to the well known and popular TrueCrypt. It is also free and available to everyone. It is known for its reliability and uniqueness of algorithms that only the owner of a device can decrypt. VeraCrypt works quickly and efficiently. Any security holes or any malfunctions ever discovered in its functionality are aways quickly eliminated.
VeraCrypt is perfect if you want to obtain maximum security for your data carriers. Using this software, you can easily and effectively encrypt the entire disk or only a selected partition of it. With VeraCrypt you can also encrypt an USB storage. This is especially important as USB sticks are most often at risk of being lost, which can result in interception of the data by unauthorized persons. However, if we properly protect them with VeraCrypt, we can protect our files against intruders. In addition, the program offers a wide range of encryption algorithms and the option of cascading encryption, i.e. the use of several layers of encryption to one medium.
When encrypting the disc one should keep in mind that such action can very often result in a noticeable decrease in its performance.