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How to protect data on your hard disk(s) or flash drive(s) using Encryption

I will teach you how easy it is to secure your data by using Encryption with a free open source tool called VeraCrypt.

Never let your valuable information fall into malicious hands and secure it now.

The course outline is in the Google Document at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jzn-cVEchq90kojsvxDCP-Tll1dhfs7j8Vo3HX2tMKs/edit?usp=sharing

The class project is to create a simple file storage area that is encrypted such that all files in that storage is fully secured when reading or writing to it.

Step 1:

Download and install VeraCrypt software from here. VeraCrypt is supported on all major platforms such as Windows, Mac and Linux.

Step 2: 

Create a folder somewhere on your laptop or PC hard drive. Name the folder as 'VeraCrypt Trial Folder' and a file within it.

Step 3: 

Open the VeraCrypt main program window and select 'Create Volume'. Follow the wizard to create an encrypted file container in the file you created in Step 2 above. 

Step 4:

From the main VeraCrypt program window, mount the volume you created in Step 3 on a drive letter so that it can be made available just like another mounted drive in File Explorer.

Step 5: 

Open File Explorer ( or similar program on Mac or Linux) and click on the newly mounted drive volume. Drag and drop any files/folders to this drive. You can 'unmount' this drive after work is done. When you remount this drive again using the password you configured earlier, all copied files/folders are visible as long just like any normal file/folder.

Now you have just completed a the simplest solution to fully secure important files/folders giving you peace of mind should you ever lose the laptop or hard drive.

You could do this on any external hard drives or USB drives you have too. You can choose to encrypt the whole hard drive itself or just some specific file container within it.

Now please share how did you implement this newly acquired knowledge and what did you end up securing.

The first Introduction Lesson Video is now available on Youtube at:

Secure your data using VeraCrypt - Introduction Lesson

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