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Easy! Hard Disk Encryption with veracrypt

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Vgcrypt is the free and open software for enciphering of a disk. Adds the highest security to algorithms used to encrypt the system and all disk partitions, making it immune to new developments associated with crude attacks. Simultaneously eliminates vulnerabilities found in Ultra Crypt.

This increased security has no greater delay than ONLY when opening encrypted partitions without slowing down on application performance. This is acceptable to the user, but makes it very difficult for an attacker to access encrypted computer data. VāCrypt
Fully compatible with truecrypt and can mount volumes of its operation. It can easily convert them to VāCrypt format.

Step 1. Download and install VāCrypt to get started. Start the VeraCrypt by double-clicking the .exe VeraCrypt file.

Step 2. The main window of the VāCrypt program will appear. Click Create Volume (marked with a red rectangle).

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Step 3. The New Crypt Volume Wizard then appears. Here it is important to choose where to create the VāCrypt volume. A VāCrypt volume can be in a file, also called a container, in a partition or disk. In this article we will select the first option with you and create a VāCrypt volume in the file. The option is selected by default, just click Next. Note: The next steps in the screenshots in this training will show only the right side of the wizard window.

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Step 4. Choose whether to create a standard or hidden VāCrypt volume. In this training we will select the first option and create a standard VāCrypt volume. The option is selected by default. Just click Next.

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Step 5. Here we specify where we will create volume (file container) VāCrypt. Note that the VāCrypt container is one in one as any file. We can also move it, delete it, rename it. You also need to specify the file name we select in the next step.
Click Select File.
The standard Windows File Explorer appears (while the VāCrypt Volume Wizard remains open in the background).

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Step 6. In this section, we will create a VāCrypt volume in the F:\Data\folder, and the volume name will be My Volume (as shown). You can choose any other file name and location (such as USB memory). Note that the My Volume file does not yet exist – it will only be created with VāCrypt.

Note that when creating a file container, VāCrypt will not encrypt existing files. If you select an existing file in this step, it will be overwritten and replaced with the newly created volume (so the overwritten file will be lost rather than encrypted). You can encrypt existing files later by moving them to the VāCrypt volume you are creating. *

Select the path (where you want to create a container) in File Explorer. Enter the name of the container file in the Filename box.
Click Save.
The file selection window disappears.
Next we will return to the VāCrypt Volume Creation Wizard.

Once you have copied the unencrypted files to the VeraCrypt, don ‘t forget to erase the original unencrypted files. There are special programs that are used for safe removal.

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Step 7. On the New Volume Wizard, click Next.

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Step 8. Here you can choose the encryption algorithm options. If you are not sure what to select in this window, you can use the default settings and click Next.

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Step 9. We specify the size of our container VāCrypt 250 megabytes. After entering the dimension in the input box (marked with a red rectangle), click Next.

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Step 10. Note this step. In this section we will choose a strong password. Take into account the information displayed in the window about what the program considers to be a reliable password.
After you select a password, enter it in the first input field. Then re-enter it in the input field below the first field and click Next. Note: The Next button will be disabled until the passwords in both input fields are the same.

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Step 11. Move the cursor randomly until the random indicator turns green. The longer you move the mouse, the better (it is recommended to move the mouse for at least 30 seconds). This increases the cryptographic strength of encryption keys (which increases security).

Click Format.

Volume creation begins. VāCrypt will create a file named My Volume in the F:\Data\folder (as specified in step 6). This file will be a VāCrypt container (it will contain an encrypted VāCrypt volume). Depending on the size of the volume, creating a volume may take a long time. When you are finished, the following dialog box appears:

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Click OK to close the dialog box.

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Step 12. You just created a VāCrypt volume. In the Ccrypt volume creation window, click Exit.
In the last steps, we ‘ll install the volume we just created. We will return to the main window of VāCrypt (which should still be open, but if this is not the case, repeat step 1 to launch VāCrypt and then continue with step 13.)

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Step 13. Select one of the drive letters from the list (marked with a red rectangle). This will be the drive to which the VāCrypt container will be mounted.

Note: In this tutorial we selected the drive letter M, you can choose any other available drive letter.

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Step 14. Click Select File.

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Step 15. In File Explorer, go to the container file (created in steps 6-12) and select it. Click Open
The file selection window has disappeared.
In the next steps we will return to the main window VāCrypt.

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Step 16. Click Mount in the main window. The password prompt dialog box appears.

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Step 17. Enter the password (which we will specify in step 10) in the password entry field (marked with a red box).

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Step 18. Choose the PRF algorithm we used during volume creation (SHA-512 is the default PRF algorithm used by VāCrypt). If you can ‘t remember which PRF was used, just leave the value “autodetection,” but the installation process will take longer. After entering the password, click OK.
After entering the password, the volume will be mounted.

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Last step. The container was successfully mounted as virtual disk M:

Our drive is encrypted (including file names, distribution tables, free space, etc.) and behaves like a real drive. We can now save (or copy, move, etc.) files to this virtual disk and they will be encrypted to instantly.

If you open a file stored in, for example, a player, the file will be automatically decrypted into RAM (memory) on the fly while reading.

Attention! We warn you that when you open a file stored on a VāCrypt volume, you will not be prompted to enter your password again. Enter the correct password only when installing the volume.

We can completely hide the disc. You can do it like in a screen shot.

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We can also go to the attached volume. Open the Computer list and double-click the desired drive letter (in our example, the letter M).

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You can copy files to and from a VāCrypt volume as you would to any regular disk (for example, using simple drag and drop operations). Files that are read or copied from an encrypted VāCrypt volume are automatically decrypted on the fly in RAM. Similarly, files that are written or copied to a VāCrypt volume are automatically encrypted on the fly into RAM (right before being written to disk).

We pay attention to the fact that VāCrypt never stores decrypted data on disk – it stores it only temporarily in RAM (memory). If you restart the compiter or disable it, the volume will be disabled and all files stored on it will be unavailable (and encrypted). Even with a sudden shutdown, those stored on the volume will be unavailable (and encrypted). To make them available again, you must mount the volume. Repeat steps 13-18 to do this.

To close the volume and make it unavailable, restart your computer or disconnect the volume. To do this, proceed as follows:

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Select the VāCrypt main window volume (marked with a red rectangle in the screenshot above) and click Dismount (also marked with a red rectangle in the screenshot above). To make the files stored on the volume available again, mount the volume. Repeat steps 13-18 to do this.

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