The TrueCrypt project has been suddenly dropped by it’s developers. While we wait for more news it is advisable to refrain from using it to encrypt your system. See this Krebs article for more information. If there are any updates or if there is a successful fork of the code to a new project I will update this post.
Let’s say you need to encrypt your entire hard drive to protect it from “something” or “someone”. TrueCrypt full-disk encryption is a great secure choice and works with many operating systems (even allowing for dual booting). If you have a laptop with any sort of private or sensitive information it’s a must, and there is nearly no performance hit on newer machines. Machines with multiple internal (and external) drives are also a candidate since a computer with an encrypted system drive can also automatically mount any additional disks when a few requirements are met (including a special case for Windows 8/8.1). Continue reading TrueCrypt full-system encryption