VeraCrypt is a great application to establish and maintain an on-the-fly-encrypted volume. On-the-fly encryption means that data is automatically encrypted right before it is saved and decrypted right after it is loaded, without any user intervention. This is a very secure method of data encryption as any data that is stored on an encrypted volume cannot be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. The entire file system is encrypted (e.g. file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc) to give you as much security as possible.
Key features include:
- Easy to use interface.
- Enhanced security.
VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software based on TrueCrypt 7.1a. It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks. VeraCrypt has been specifically designed to give you better security with the data you want to encrypt. It is relatively lightweight, and has an easy to use interface.
VeraCrypt is now compatible with default EFI SecureBoot configuration for system encryption.
Fix EFI system encryption issues on some machines (e.g. HP, Acer).
Support EFI system encryption on Windows LTSB.
Add compatibility of system encryption with Windows 10 upgrade using ReflectDrivers mechanism
Make EFI Rescue Disk decrypt partition correctly when Windows Repair overwrites first partition sector.
Add Driver option in the UI to explicitly allow Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 defragmenter to see VeraCrypt encrypted disks.
Add internal verification of binaries embedded signature to protect against some types to tampering attacks.
Fix Secure Desktop not working for favorites set to mount at logon on Windows 10 under some circumstances.
When Secure Desktop is enabled, use it for Mount Options dialog if it is displayed before password dialog.
When extracting files in Setup or Portable mode, decompress zip files docs.zip and Languages.zip in order to have ready to use configuration.
Display a balloon tip warning message when text pasted to password field is longer than maximum length and so it will be truncated.
Implement language selection mechanism at the start of the installer to make easier for international users.
Add check on size of file container during creation to ensure it's smaller than available free disk space.
Fix buttons at the bottom not shown when user sets a large system font under Window 7.
Fix compatibility issues with some disk drivers that don't support IOCTL_DISK_GET_DRIVE_GEOMETRY_EX ioctl.