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TrueCrypt is an open source on-the-fly encryption program for Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Linux; it should NOT be used with Windows 7 or Vista (use BitLocker with these OSs). TrueCrypt creates what’s called a “file-hosted container” which makes an encrypted volume inside a regular file that can be mounted as an virtual drive. The fact that the program can create its own containers and has a travel mode makes this a very useful tool when encrypting USB devices like flash drives. TrueCrypt cannot be integrated with Active Directory and there is no sort of master password so it is very important to keep a backup of the encryption key.
Do not encrypt the only copy of protected data. Mobile devices have a greater exposure to damaging environments, and data on these devices, encrypted or not, can suddenly become unrecoverable. Please work closely with ITS to ensure that you create data security, not a data disaster.
Note: If you have Level 1 protected data on a laptop or netbook running Windows XP or earlier, HSU recommends upgrading the system to WIndows 7 at the earliest opportunity. Contact the Technology Help Desk for more on how to get your OS upgraded.
Download and install the latest version of TrueCrypt from http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads
To comply with HSU and CSU Security policies and also to provide recovery options in the event of illness, injury, or other incapacity, the password to decrypt the system must be shared with trusted HSU ITS staff. TrueCrypt also creates a Rescue Disk, which must be securely stored.
To encrypt a system partition or entire system drive, select System > Encrypt System Partition/Drive and then follow the instructions in the wizard.
TrueCrypt can on-the-fly encrypt a system partition or the entire drive from which Windows boots.
To decrypt a system partition/drive, select System >Permanently Decrypt System Partition/Drive.