Protecting computer files - TrueCrypt replacement?

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  1. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

    1_man_and_his_dob(lo) Funster

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    When out-and-about in the van I use a Windows 7 netbook, and have been using TrueCrypt to protect my work-related stuff.

    I've just found out that TrueCrypt is no longer being developed, and the suggested replacement (BitLocker) is no help because my version of Windows 7 doesn't have it.

    So....what else do Funsters use to protect their files?
     
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    Hi.
    A simple and cheap method of protecting data files is to use programmes like WinZip.

    The following link details use of WinZip as an encryption tool.

    http://kb.winzip.com/kb/entry/78/

    If you look around there are places to download free copies of WinZip
     
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    Is this any use ?

    Windows 7 has an encryption tool built in , called BitLocker

    1.To enable encryption you would right click a folder or file and then choose Properties from the displaying menu.

    2.Once the Properties page appears you would click the Advanced button on the General Tab and choose the Select the Encrypt contents to secure data check box, and then click OK.

    3.Another dialog box will come up to give you the option of applying the changes to the folder only or to the folder, any subfolders found and the files within.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/b1973cb4-07b0-404c-86a4-6f12397ad589/how-do-encrypt-files-on-my-windows-7?forum=w7itprogeneral
     
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    BitLocker is what the TrueCrypt developers recommend. Unfortunately, it's only available on certain versions of Windows 7 and 8, which unfortunately rules out my netbook :Sad:
     
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    I believe you are safe at the moment to keep using Truecrypt.

    The current version (before the new one) still works fine and the security audit on it is still going on.

    It is still the only bit of software which has that complete set of features and there is no reason to believe that it has suddenly become unsafe to use.

    http://arstechnica.com/security/201...t-presses-on-despite-developers-jumping-ship/

    The most convincing theory as to what has happened is that the developers simply want to stop working on it. And this way makes it clear that ongoing support for it is not an option. So before a bug is found they want people to have moved off it.

    I reckon over the next couple of months an open source fork may well happen and it will be actively developed.

    But it is up to you to make a judgement call on whether to continue using it or not.
     
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