30 May 2014

The developers of free encryption software called TrueCrypt have recently updated its website to warn users that the program is no longer being maintained and could contain security exploits.

TrueCrypt is a program that allows you to encrypt parts of your drive for saving files securely.

TrueCrypt’s website currently features the message: “WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues”.

Exact details and further reasons for this information being displayed are unknown. The team behind TrueCrypt are a group of developers who remain anonymous and no further information has been provided.

Available information suggests this message is legitimate, and should be taken seriously.

Currently there are no reported vulnerabilities in TrueCrypt, but it is unlikely it will be updated to address future security vulnerabilities if they arise. Users of TrueCrypt are therefore advised to seek alternatives for encrypting their data.

TrueCrypt’s website states that their reason for shutting down is that new operating systems have similar tools built in, so they should be used instead.

Staying secure

The message and shutdown of TrueCrypt does not confirm if there actually is a current problem with TrueCrypt.

More information may emerge about this, but the safest option is to migrate to an alternative encryption solution.


The TrueCrypt website suggests several alternatives, most of which are already available by default in your operating system. They have included instructions for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac and Linux based operating systems.

If you do not know exactly which operating system you have, you can check on this page.

There are other alternatives to TrueCrypt listed on various websites, however if you are really concerned about your privacy and security, you should seek expert advice to help you choose a solution suitable to your needs.

More information

Stay Smart Online has more information on securing your computer for home users and for businesses.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.


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This information has been prepared by Enex TestLab for the Department of Communications ('the Department'). It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.

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