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How to create an encrypted file container with TrueCrypt

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This article will walk you through the steps necessary to create an encrypted file container. 

  1. Launch TrueCrypt by going to Start > All Programs > TrueCrypt and click on the TrueCrypt application.
  2. Click Create Volume
  3. Select Create an encrypted file container and click Next
  4. Select Standard TrueCrypt volume and click Next
  5. Click Select File
  6. Select a location to save the encrypted file and in the File Name window, type a file name
  7. Click Save
  8. Click Next
  9. For Encryption Algorithm, select AES
  10. For Hash Algorithm, select SHA-512
  11. Click Next
  12. Type in how big you would like the volume to be, click Next
  13. NOTE: The volume should be large enough to contain the file(s) you wish to encrypt.  Minimum volume size for university computers is 3792 KB.

  14. Type in a password for the volume; re-type the password in the Confirm field. Click Next
  15. NOTE: It is very important to choose a password complex enough that it cannot be hacked.  Do not use names or dates of birth. Good passwords use a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters, such as @ # $ % ^ etc.  Maximum password length is 64 characters.

  16. Move your mouse as randomly as possible for about 30 seconds.  The longer the better, this increases the cryptographic strength of the encryption keys, which increases security.
  17. Click Format
  18. Click Ok
  19. Click Exit

You have now created an encrypted volume.  To add files to the encrypted volume follow these steps.

  1. Launch TrueCrypt
  2. Select a drive letter you like to mount your volume to
  3. Click Select File
  4. Select the encrypted volume and click Open
  5. Click Mount
  6. When prompted, type the password you set in the previous section and click OK
  7. Click on Start > Computer and you will find your encrypted drive listed.
  8. Double click on the encrypted drive and copy and paste the files you wish to encrypt in to it.
  9. When finished adding files, close the window
  10. In the TrueCrypt window, click Dismount
  11. Click Exit

Your file(s) are now stored in the encrypted volume and can only be accessed by using TrueCrypt to mount the drive with the correct password.

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