Setup and Use TrueCrypt in Windows 8
Written by Alan Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:00
When it comes to running software, Windows 8 isn’t much different from previous iterations of the Microsoft operating system. One thing many Windows users need, or want, to do is protect their files with encryption and TrueCrypt is perhaps the best known and most widely trusted encryption services available on the web today.
Once you have downloaded and installed TrueCrypt you can begin setting the encryption program up on your computer. The first step is obviously to open the program. You will find a number of drives listed and below them you will see several options for mounting, dismounting and more.
To encrypt a file you can click the “Create Volume” button and then choose “Create an encrypted file container” and click the “Next” button. Now choose a volume type and again click the “Next” button. From here you can browse to the file or folder you wish to protect.
You will be prompted to replace the file with the new encrypted version. Click Next and choose as encryption type (by default this is set to AES). You will be prompted to choose several more options, such as volume size.
TrueCrypt is open source so there is no need to worry about security issues like backdoors. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and is completely free, although they do ask for a donation, which we recommend giving if you have the means and like the software. The app essentially work no different under Windows 8 than in past versions of the OS. You can grab the program over at truecrypt.org.