Flash Memory are small and if not cared for, easily lost. In this article we will teach you how to encrypt your flash memory If probably lose it or for whatever reason fell into the hands of the wrong people, they can not achieve information and files in. You can encrypt a USB drive using the free encryption tool TrueCrypt. how to Encrypt USB Flash Drive with TrueCrypt? to better understand You should read the entire article.
What is TrueCrypt?
TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted drive. On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password or correct encryption key. Until decrypted, a TrueCrypt volume appears to be nothing more than a series of random numbers. The entire file system is encrypted (i.e., file names, folder names, contents of every file, and free space).
How to Encrypt USB Flash Drive with TrueCrypt?
TrueCrypt is an open-source (free for your not-so-computer-knowledgeable-person) software. It uses government grade encryption (256-bit) and better, so you can be sure your data is safe. You can download it at http://www.truecrypt.org/.
Step 1: After the small download is complete, launch TrueCrypt Setup. Click to enable the I accept the license terms option and click Next. (refer in the screenshot below)
Step 2: In the Wizard Mode dialog, select the Install option and click Next. if you are note sure which to select, use the default mode.
Step 3: Here you can set various options to control the installation process. leave all items checked and click Next. This is a rare case where setup options are useful.
Step 4: Click Install. If you want to, you can donate later from the download page, too. After TrueCrypt has been installed, click OK. (refer in the screenshot below)
Step 5: Finally, click Finish in the TrueCrypt Installed window.
Create the Encrypted Volume
Step 1: To create the encrypted volume: Connect a empty flash memory to the USB port computer and run the TrueCrypt Program Click on the Create Volume button.
Step 2: Click the Encrypt a non-system partition/drive button and then click Next.
Step 3: Click the Standard TrueCrypt volume button and then click Next.
Step 4: In the next step click on “Select Device”. In this part we will choose a USB device that you have plugged in to your computer. After that click on “Next”.
(Note: all the data on the USB will be destroyed so make sure you don’t have any information on it!)
Step 5: In the following page is Volume Creation Mode, Create encrypted volume and format it, select Options and then select the Next button. (shown in figure)
Step 6: Select the Encryption Algorithm (in this example AES) and click Next.
Step 7: In Volume Size page, agree unchangeable, the overall size of your flash is also displayed. Select the Next button again. (refer in the screenshot below)
Step 8: Now in Volume Password and you must type your password in the appropriate fields. TrueCrypt program to advise you that the password is at least 20 letters. After selecting a password, select the Next button. (refer screenshot below)
Step 9: On the “Large Files” page, select the Yes option and click Next button.
Step 10: Click the Format button. The formatting will take between 10 minutes and an hour or so, depending on the size of the volume and your machine type.
we will select our file system. We can leave the recommend option (Filesystem type: FAT) as it is readable in all major operating systems.
- The following screen will be visible during the formatting process.
Step 11: When its done, you will see this screen letting you know that the volume creation has been successfully created. (refer in the screenshot below)
Step 12: When the format is complete click OK. An encrypted volume has now been created, click Exit: (as shown in figure in the screenshot below)
Mount The Encrypted Volume
Mount The Encrypted Volume. Once you have mounted the encrypted volume you will see the volume show up as the first available drive letter.
Step 1: To manually mount an encrypted volume. Now choose one of the slots and click “select drive” at the bottom and choose the USB you just formatted.
Step 2: Next, click mount and You will be prompted for your password, enter the password you set up when you created the encrypted volume. Click OK.
Now you can safely use your arrows and assured that no one will be able to access your information.
You can now use the encrypted volume as you would any other un-encrypted drive – it will look and act like your other drives and you will be able manage files as you would any other drive.
Configure Traveler (Portable) Disk Settings
TrueCrypt can run in traveler mode, which means a portable copy of TrueCrypt is placed in an unencrypted portion of the USB drive so that the encrypted volume can be accessed on systems that do not have TrueCrypt installed. However, there are two things to keep in mind:
- In order to use the portable copy of TrueCrypt, you need to have administrator rights on the machine. If you do not have administrator rights, TrueCrypt cannot install the needed driver to open the encrypted volume.
- After examining the registry file, it may be possible to tell that TrueCrypt was run (and that a TrueCrypt volume was mounted) on a Windows system even if it is run in traveler mode.
Step 1: Create a TrueCrypt Traveler Disk. To open TrueCrypt, double-click on the TrueCrypt icon on the desktop or click on theTrueCrypt option in the Start menu.
Step 2: On the TrueCrypt main window, select Traveler Disk Setup from the Tools menu.
Step 3: The TrueCrypt Traveler Disk Setup dialog box displays. To specify where to install the portable version of TrueCrypt, click Browse in the File Settings box. A TrueCrypt directory will be created in that location containing the program.
- You can add autorun capability to the disk onto which you are installing the TrueCrypt Traveler Disk. If you want to automatically run TrueCrypt when you insert the disk, select the Start TrueCrypt option in the AutoRun Configuration (autorun.inf) box.
- To automatically mount a specific TrueCrypt volume, select the Auto-mount TrueCrypt volume (specified below) option and specify the details for the volume in the Mount Settings box, which now becomes available.
We chose to not do anything when we insert our USB flash drive. We will start TrueCrypt manually and open volumes as needed.
Step 4: Click the Create button. Click OK when you see the following dialog box:
Once the traveler disk setup is complete, you should see your flash drive shows with a TrueCrypt icon in Windows Explorer. (refer in the screenshot below)
That’s it! You have now encrypted a USB drive using Truecrypt. All you have to do now is wait for the feds to arrest you and see if it works!