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We are planning to use the open source tool TrueCrypt for USB flash drive encryption. Anyone want to share their opinion/feedback about adavantages/disadvantages for it and want to share with us, please let me know.

Thank you in advance for any replies.


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Essentially a great product. Secure, fast and reliable. The only drawback I can think of is that key management is a a bit of a hassle compared to the commercial products. Eg. if you want to be able to recover data for a user that has lost her password.

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For those of us managing enterprise environments, TrueCrypt requires administrator rights when you insert the thumb drive into the computer. Not ideal.

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Is that true even if Truecrypt is already installed on that system? –  Roy Dec 1 '09 at 20:18
I don't believe so. This doesn't work for me because I was looking for a solution that would run right from the USB drive for my end users who don't have admin rights on their workstations. –  GregD Dec 1 '09 at 21:12
Documentation confirms that once installed, a non-admin can use. truecrypt.org/docs/?s=non-admin-users –  Will M Feb 3 '10 at 18:41
@Will M - While it's true that you can run it without admin rights, you can only do that if TC is installed on the workstation by an admin. We were looking for a completely portable solution via thumb drives and TC will NOT run in portable mode without admin rights. –  GregD Feb 3 '10 at 20:51
Agree that is an unfortunate limitation on TrueCrypt. Please post back if you find an alternative without that issue! –  Will M Feb 4 '10 at 17:38

Wonderful product. I have used it for USB drives and full HD encryption and have yet to run into any frustrations.

I even recommended it earlier today on superuser.

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I've never used TrueCrypt to secure an entire drive or device but I do offer one caution. I had a TrueCrypt file become corrupted and unrecoverable just one time when using the Mac version to open a 40GB file created by the Windows version. This may not have been a TrueCrypt issue though, as I had done the same a number of times previously. Still, it prevents me from repeating the exercise.

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