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Encrypting a USB stick


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#1 Friel

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 05:38 PM

So I have a USB stick that I carry around on my car keys. I'd like to encrypt it, but the problem I'm running in to is that I use Linux as my main OS, but I'll be using the USB on Windows computers too. I can encrypt the USB no problem if I'm only using it on Linux or Windows, but can't find any programs or methods that allow me to encrypt it and use it on multiple OSs. Has anyone got a solution to this?



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 04:21 AM

I use TrueCrypt (v7.1a) and it's fully working on Linux and Windows for encrypted containers, no problems at all.

VeraCrypt should also work but I have no real experience with it...

 

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 01:15 PM

TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues.Personally I use AxCrypt sometimes which is provided by axantum software.


Edited by Bobo47, 06 March 2016 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 03:03 PM

Use Veracyrpt, a port of Truecrypt that has taken care of any security issues found in the Truecrypt audit. Use a container file to encrypt your data on the flash drive. I have used it. The only con I have is mounting the container can take awhile after inputting the password. 

 

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Beginner%27s%20Tutorial


Edited by JohnC_21, 06 March 2016 - 03:04 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2016 - 06:13 AM

TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues.

Proof? The first has yet to be "cracked" If you use it with a pass-phrase and one or more key-files!
 
TrueCrypt is the only one that has undergone a real security audit... Key derivation, salt and even iteration count I don't consider "security issues". The only things that are "issues" are short passwords and laziness when creating the encrypted container/volume...

I'm taking this opportunity to announce that we have been able to implement SHA-256 key derivation for system boot encryption (200 000 iterations). TrueCrypt has been always supporting only RIPEMD-160 for system partition encryption and this clearly needed an upgrade because of the aging RIPEMD-160 even if no public attack exists for it.

Source VeraCrypt.

But I admit that VeraCrypt looks good and safe...  :wink:

 

 Personally I use AxCrypt sometimes which is provided by axantum software.

+1 for AxCrypt, very good software for encrypting individual files! It has a portable version which makes it ideal for use on USB's.

 

PS: If you use a pass-phrase you can unencrypt them with 7-Zip on Linux but If you use key-files it's Windows only!
 
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Posted 16 March 2016 - 01:29 PM

 

 

Proof?

The project of TrueCrypt has been discontinued and therefore it is very logical that may has some security issues.When I say security issues I mean unpatched vulnerabilities not short passwords.

 

 

TrueCrypt is the only one that has undergone a real security audit...

Yes I agree but let's make the sentence even better: TrueCrypt was the only one that has undergone a real security audit .

That's my opinion....anyway if you prefer it

 

+1 for AxCrypt, very good software for encrypting individual files! It has a portable version which makes it ideal for use on USB's.

 

PS: If you use a pass-phrase you can unencrypt them with 7-Zip on Linux but If you use key-files it's Windows only!
 
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Yes ! But I use the portable edition of AxCrypt because the installer is bundled with OpenCandy -_-


Edited by Bobo47, 16 March 2016 - 01:37 PM.


#7 Friel

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 10:20 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I've started using Veracrypt.



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Posted 19 March 2016 - 02:00 PM

Your welcome.

Hope Veracrypt works fine for you.I will give it a try too :)



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 09:52 PM

Truecrypt works like charm!

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 07:40 PM

Truecrypt is (was) definitely the best out there but I kind of agree with Bobo47 about its being a problem, since its not supported anymore after BitLocker is created. 

 

Well, he said is going with Veracrypt anyway.



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Posted 29 August 2016 - 01:51 PM

I tried VeraCrypt and I like it very much.



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:17 AM

Hello
I'm a third year computer science student and I am researching into securing USB type memory devices with encryption.

All help will be greatly appreciated and I would be thankful for the research.

http://survey.richard-taylor.uk/

Kind Regards

Richard

 






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