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TrueCrypt reportedly developers jump ship, free tool reportedly done

The free and open source TrueCrypt encryption tool is no more, following developers pulling the plug on their popular software offering.

Published Fri, May 30 2014 3:16 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

The open source and free TrueCrypt full-disk encryption project is likely over after developers jumped ship, abruptly ending what was a popular asset for PC users. There are rumors circulating that TrueCrypt was compromised, though that hasn't been confirmed and still seems rather unlikely at this point in time.

TrueCrypt reportedly developers jump ship, free tool reportedly done | TweakTown.com

In what was a rather cheeky way to throw in the towel, the truecrypt.org website redirects users to sourceforge.net, and current TrueCrypt users are being transitioned to BitLocker. This message also was posted:

"WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" -

"This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt."

"The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms (click here for more information). You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform."

Encryption is important as users log onto bank accounts, online stores, and other sensitive websites - or to keep mobile devices secure - and there are still other alternatives available. Microsoft Windows users can test BitLocker, Symantec Drive Encryption, or DiskCryptor to keep files secure.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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