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VeraCrypt for Sensitive Data Encryption

What is VeraCrypt

You can protect your sensitive data by encrypting it with VeraCrypt. Once you encrypt your sensitive data, nobody will be able to read it without knowing your password for decryption.

VeraCrypt is a free open-source disk encryption software available for all major operating systems (Windows, Mac OSX and Linux) and uses the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

Learn How to Use VeraCrypt (for Free)

1. Download VeraCrypt for Free

Download VeraCrypt from the official website.

You can use the standard installer, or you can download a portable version which does not require any installation and can be run from USB stick.

2. Create Encrypted Container

To create a new encrypted container start by clicking “Volumes – Create New Volume…” in the main menu.

Select “Create an encrypted file container” and click “Next >“.

Select “Standard VeraCrypt volume” and click “Next >“.

Select path and “File Name” where the encrypted file container will be stored and click “Save“.

Check the path, file name and click “Next >” to continue.

As AES encryption algorithm is considered as best and most secure one currently known you can leave it and click “Next >” to continue.

Enter required “Volume Size” (e.g. 1 MB) and click “Next >“.

Now you need to enter a strong password for your encrypted file container.

By checking “Display password” checkbox, you can read your entered password and make sure it is correct. Then continue by clicking “Next >“.

The password we will use in this demo is MY-PASSWORD-123.

Then you need to move your mouse to increase the encryption until the full green box appears as below. Then click “Format“.

Once formatted you can click “OK” and close VeraCrypt.

3. Open Encrypted Container

Then open VeraCrypt container by right click on a free drive letter (e.g., G:) and click “Select File and Mount…“.

Select the container you’ve just created.

And enter its password MY-PASSWORD-123 we used when creating the encrypted container.

After a while, your container will be mounted.

You can see that the new disk G: appeared as depicted below.

You can use G: drive like a real disk.

Any file you copy on it will be automatically encrypted.

Use Case #1: Encrypting Your Templates

You can encrypt your wallet details and contact list templates.

We created our “demo” encrypted container Seedcret-DEMO-User.dat using password MY-PASSWORD-123

You can download this “demo” container here:
Seedcret-DEMO-User.dat

Once you open this encrypted container, you should see both templates as depicted below.

Use Case #2: Encrypting Wallet Details for Your Trusted Contacts

You can encrypt the wallet details template for your trusted contact.

We created our “demo” encrypted container Seedcret-DEMO-Trusted-contact.dat using password MY-PASSWORD-123

You can download this “demo” container here:
Seedcret-DEMO-Trusted-contact.dat

Once you open this encrypted container, you should see wallet details template (Wallet-details-TREZOR-T.xlsx) as depicted below.

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