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TrueCrypt Migration to Symantec Encryption Desktop

Created: 06 Jun 2014 • Updated: 09 Jun 2014 • 6 comments
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With the recent announcement (http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net) that TrueCrypt is no longer supported and may contain security issues, we in the Symantec Encryption group wanted to reach out to the community and help provide an alternative option for multi-platform drive encryption. On April 14, 2014 TrueCrypt completed a security audit (http://istruecryptauditedyet.com) and soon thereafter the project was shut down. While there has been great interest in the open source community to continue its support, we believe our Symantec Drive Encryption product powered by PGP technology is the best commercial solution with enterprise class support available today.

Some of the most popular methods of using TrueCrypt is creating an encrypted virtual disk shared in the cloud and protecting an external drive. We have provided a couple of articles below to demonstrate how you can migrate some of these common scenarios from TrueCrypt to Symantec Drive Encryption. 

  • First, we show you how you can encrypt your disk using Encryption Desktop. See:
    Migrating from TrueCrypt to Symantec Drive Encryption: Encrypting Your Disks; (HOWTO99727)  http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO99727
  • Second, we show how you can create a small virtual disk that can ultimately be shared in the cloud via Dropbox used on either Windows or Mac OS X. See:
    Migrating from TrueCrypt to Symantec Drive Encryption: Creating Encrypted Portable Containers (PGP Virtual Disks); (HOWTO99728) http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO99728

Both scenarios can be accomplished by purchasing Symantec Drive Encryption (powered by PGP technology) from the Symantec eStore @ http://buy.symantec.com/estore/clp/productdetails/pk/drive-encryption. After adding the product to your cart, use discount code TRUECRYPT to receive 40% discount (available for one month only!). This version provides Disk Encryption, PGP Virtual Disk, PGP Zip and PGP Shredder. Details and specific support for Windows, Max OS X and Linux can be found at the bottom of the eStore page. With the suite of PGP-powered tools, you will be able to cover many TrueCrypt and other scenarios and configurations.

Download your free trial today, or take advantage of the 45-day money back guarantee, and see for yourself if this is the right solution for you. Also, we are actively monitoring our support forum, so please post any TrueCrypt migration-related questions and we will be glad to assist: http://www.symantec.com/connect/security/forums/pgp-desktop-email-wde-and-netshare 

 

 

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Sue H's picture

You can also check out the Connect forums, where other alternatives using Symantec Encryption Desktop are being discussed (using the Symantec FileShare functionality). See https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/symantec-encryption-desktop-replacement-truecrypt.

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InsentraCameronM's picture

RSA has been caught adding backdoors for the NSA.

My key concern is that since Symantec Encryption Desktop is proprietary, are there any security flaws or backdoors built into it.

Cheers,

Cameron

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Fredru's picture

It is highly likely that there are security flaws in Symantec Encryption Desktop, but it is the same for all software, open source or not.

The authors of TrueCrypt are not known and there can very well be backdoors in TrueCrypt. Although the first phase of the audit did not detect any larger issues, there will be interesting to see their findings in the second phase of the audit, which is to be completed in late September.

The open source statement about more eyes and better checked code is rarely true, just see how little of the TrueCrypt code that were reviewed during the first phase of the audit. The thing is that it will take time before the problem is discovered, the random number generator flaw in Debian OpenSSL were present for two years, although it was widely used and open source see CVE-2008-0166.

Best Regards

Fred Erlend

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InsentraCameronM's picture

Agreed. OpenSSL had a dev crew of 3 people....and resulted in Heartbleed.

Specifically about TrueCrypt, if the developers actually shut down on their own I cannot see why they would recommend Bitlocker...

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ThiagoCastroBR's picture

Hi Guys,

How can I proceed to update PGP Desktop 10.2 to 10.3?

I'm looking some information in all Symantec WebSite, but I coudn't find anything....

Somebody can help me?

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ThiagoCastroBR

Can you start a new threat and email me on cameron.mottus@insentra.com.au to let me know what the URL is. I can then help you out.

 

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