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Veracrypt is a Cross-Platform Alternative Encryption Tool to Truecrypt For LInux

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Written by Jesse Afolabi

Filesystem/Volume encryption has become paramount to the masses in the IT industry due to the varying advantages it presents including protection of sensitive data, military-grade encryption standards, password keys to prevent unwanted access, and an encrypted file/drive only the encryption software can access among others.

A few days back, we briefly reviewed Truecrypt as a secure software encryption tool.

The application has been discontinued and the latest version (7.2) has been termed as vulnerable; but then, an earlier version of the software (7.1a) has gone through auditing and has been proven to be secure enough for everyday use.

Veracrypt is another cross-platform and open-source on-the-fly encryption tool that was originally based off Truecrypt’s 7.1a codebase back in June 2013 but has since then matured greatly to become a singular encryption solution that is now dissimilar and incompatible with volumes encrypted with Truecrypt.

Veracrypt is essentially your goto option for an encryption tool if you’re looking to replace Truecrypt.

Installing Veracrypt in Linux

The installation of Veracrypt is pretty easy and downright straight forward. Before anything, you’ll need to download the Veracrypt compressed package for Linux systems, after which you’ll extract it and run “veracrypt-1.xx-setup-gui-x64” as a program from the extracted folder as seen in the image below.

On executing the installer, you’re prompted with the Veracrypt installer “veracrypt-1.xx-setup-gui-x64“.

veracrypt installer prompt

veracrypt installer prompt

veracypt installer license

veracypt installer license

veracrypt install completed

veracrypt install completed

At this point, the installation is complete. You’ll press the enter key to exit the Veracrypt setup. The next prompt you’ll see immediately afterwards is the uninstall dialog that basically gives you uninstall instructions. Should you be displeased with Veracrypt in the future, you can easily remove it by entering “veracrypt-uninstall.sh” in the terminal.

veracrypt uninstall

veracrypt uninstall

Choose depending on the size of files you want to save on the virtual drive.

volume options

volume options

Allocate disk space to your drive

volume size

volume size

Choose the filesystem for your drive

veracrypt filesystem options

veracrypt filesystem options

Choose the directory at which you want to save your virtaul drive

volume location

volume location

Create a password for your virtual drive

volume password

volume password

veracrypt random pool

veracrypt random pool

veracrypt formatting virtual drive

veracrypt formatting virtual drive

running veracrypt from console

running veracrypt from console

Once you’ve set your encrypted volume up, there’s nothing more to do than mount it in Veracrypt whenever you need to.

veracypt drive password prompt

veracypt drive password prompt

We hope you’ve found the installation instruction easy and straightforward? Should you run into any sort of problems, let us know in the comments below and we’ll reach back to you as soon as i can.

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Jesse Afolabi

Jesse is that tech enthusiast you never heard of...he's mainly into things relating to Linux and Android and has an unending passion for both platforms which is why he writes about them.