25 February 2017

Veracrypt Introduction and Windows Installation

The problem with storing data in the cloud is that it gives access permission to the service provider. Using an encryption container is similar to placing your data into a strongbox. The encrypted volume is a file that appears to be composed of random data without the proper key files to decode it. Also, similar to a strongbox, security can be tightened by layering one volume inside of another.

According to the VeraCrypt site...

VeraCrypt is a software for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data is automatically encrypted right before it is saved and decrypted right after it is loaded, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc).

System Requirements

  • Windows XP and newer.
  • MacOSX 10.6 and newer. OSXFuse must be installed.
  • Linux x86 (32-bit and 64-bit) versions with kernel 2.6 and newer.

In this tutorial I will be demonstrating how to install Veracrypt on all versions of all supported operating systems.

Microsoft Windows Operating Systems

Windows 10

Windows 10 installation is pretty straight forward. In this example footage I predownloaded the generic Windows executable installer and launched it from the Downloads directory. Windows 10 users generally seem to use Bitlocker by default since it is the built-in option. However, when weighing the options with regards to encryption one must consider more than convenience. Veracrypt is not much more difficult to use and provides much more robust security.

By default the installation adds a shortcut for Veracrypt to the desktop. You can adjust for that if you like to keep a clear desktop during the install process.

Windows 8

Obviously there isn't much of a difference in the installation method between Windows 8 and Windows 10. Here I also downloaded the installation executable to the Downloads directory and ran through the basic default options for installation. The CIA leaks from Wikileaks specifically discuss exploits to the Windows 8 API that enable file system manipulation.

The feature I enjoy the most about using Windows 8 to work on a project is really the adjustable splitscreen. In the above footage I utilized that feature to display the download page alongside the installation process.

Windows 7

Here I also downloaded the installation executable to the Downloads directory and ran through the basic default options for installation.

I believe that Windows 7 can provide a useful platform for developmental purposes. With many people having interface issues with Windows 8 and Windows 10's increased install footprint it makes sense as a robust base OS. It can be found in many corporate environments.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista (codenamed Longhorn) is an operating system by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs and media center PCs. Development was completed on 8 November 2006, and over the following three months, it was released in stages to computer hardware and software manufacturers, business customers and retail channels.

Windows XP

Remember that the Downloads location resides inside of the My Documents folder.

Keep in mind that if you are using a Windows XP operating system that it is no longer supported officially by Microsoft. Microsoft Windows XP End of Life

  • Jeremy Koepke

    Full LAMP stack development expertise combined with 10 years of Drupal experience. Languages include PHP, CSS, HTML, Java, and Visual Basic 2015.



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