VeraCrypt Volume Level Encryption

VeraCrypt volume level encryption is perhaps one of the most common ways in which this program is utilized. It is also how I first became acqauinted with this TrueCrypt, it’s predecessor. If you are just starting with VeraCrypt, creating a working with a few volumes is a great way to ease into using encryption. If you don’t already have VeraCrypt, your first step will be to download and install it. Continue reading “VeraCrypt Volume Level Encryption”

FileVault Volume Level Encryption

A little known feature of FileVault is the ability to create encrypted volumes. Volumes are essentially encrypted file containers that can store a file or set of files. Volumes can be copied, emailed, burned to a DVD, or just set up as an additional layer of encryption for especially sensitive files. FileVault volume level encryption allows you to do this without needing a third-party application like VeraCrypt – assuming you don’t need to share these volumes with other operating systems.

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Bitlocker External Media Encryption

Encrypting external media is important. During the next part of this series on encryption I am going to discuss encrypting external media like USB flash drives or external hard drives. Because these drives are used as backups or to store sensitive data, and becaus they are easily lost, encrypting them is just as important as encrypting their hosts. Today’s post will cover using BitLocker external media encryption or as it is officially known, BitLocker To Go. Continue reading “Bitlocker External Media Encryption”

FileVault External Media Encryption

Encrypting external media is important. During the next part of this series on encryption I am going to discuss encrypting external media like USB flash drives or external hard drives. Because these drives are used as backups or to store sensitive data, and because they are easily lost, encrypting them is just as important as encrypting their hosts. We will begin again with FileVault external media encryption. Continue reading “FileVault External Media Encryption”

VeraCrypt Full Disk Encryption (Win7)

Windows users looking for a free full disk encryption option should consider VeraCrypt full disk encryption. VeraCrypt seems to have become the de facto replacement for TrueCrypt. Most former TrueCrypt users I know have migrated to it, including me. VeraCrypt is an important software because, as of now, it is perhaps the most trusted free full-disk encryption programs available for Windows machines. Continue reading “VeraCrypt Full Disk Encryption (Win7)”

BitLocker Full Disk Encryption

Bitlocker is Windows’ OEM full disk encryption software. Though VeraCrypt 1.18 now advertises support for Windows 10/UEFI machines, I recently have had issues with it. And since I couldn’t make it work, I’m not going to recommend it to you as your sole option. This means that BitLocker may still be the best viable full disk encryption option for a good percentage of Windows users. This is unfortunate but since it’s currently the best option, I’m going to cover BitLocker full disk encryption for Windows 10. Continue reading “BitLocker Full Disk Encryption”

FileVault Full Volume Encryption

FileVault is one my favorite out-of-the-box features of Mac computers.  FileVault is Apple’s built-in disk encryption utility.  Recently Apple has been publicly leading the way in encryption and privacy issues, and when digging into the features it becomes obvious that this focus is not a mere afterthought.  While on the surface it seems simple, FileVault provides far more robust capabilities than you might imagine.  Unfortunately, some of these options are not immediately apparent.  I recently began exploring some of these options.  Due to the amount of information, this will be another multi-part series.  Today we will cover FileVault full volume encryption. Continue reading “FileVault Full Volume Encryption”

A Full Disk Encryption Primer

Readers of the Your Ultimate Security Guide series and the Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference know that I am whole-heartedly in favor of full disk encryption. Throughout this month, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, I have promised to bring you a daily blog post. A huge focus of those posts will be on disk encryption. I will cover specifics for the following operating systems: Mac (FileVault), Windows (Bitlocker and VeraCrypt), Linux (LUKS), Android, and iOS. Before we delve into specifics, I would like to first discuss what full disk encryption is and why it matters. Continue reading “A Full Disk Encryption Primer”

iOS Encrypted Notes

In the past I have recommended Codebook Secure Notebook as an alternative to iOS’s native notes application.  I even went so far as to recommend NOT using the native Notes app.  However, I have recently completely reversed my position on this.  A third-party app is no longer needed to secure your notes.  Beginning in iOS 9.3.2, notes in the native Notes application can be secured with a password.  When password protected, notes are encrypted with AES-128.  This eliminates the need for a third-party application, which reduces overall attack surface.  Taking advantage of iOS encrypted notes is extremely easy and intuitive. Continue reading “iOS Encrypted Notes”